Benefits of Reading
Children learn an average of 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year as a result of book reading.
Books and stories open up a whole new world to your child. Yes, there are plenty of nonfiction books on dinosaurs, bugs, and airplanes. Fiction stories, though, go beyond the real world and employ fantasy elements that get kids thinking outside the box.
Books provide an opportunity to talk about real-world situations in age-appropriate ways. Kids especially enjoy books that feature children their own ages doing things they do in everyday life.
You’ve probably dealt with a squirming, distracted toddler at story hour. But what you may also notice is that — over time — regular reading gets kids listening in order to comprehend
Hearing a story read aloud involves some level of comprehension on your child’s part. And comprehension is dependent on paying attention — in other words, listening skills.
Social and emotional development
Reading to you children teaches them how to cope with difficult or stressful experiences. Reading abut potentially emotional situations, like starting a new school, can help get a conversation going and show children that their feelings are normal.