Top 10 Reasons to Read to Your Kids

bedtimestoriesReading aloud is one of the most under-appreciated activities for both you and your kiddo, and here’s why:

10) Research shows that preschoolers who are exposed to plenty of language do better when they get to school.

9) All kids, from babies on up, love to cuddle close and hear the sound of your voice.

8) Active reading, listening, and looking at pictures creates pathways and connections in the developing brain.

7) Reading together makes wonderful shared memories. My kids still talk about the books we read together … and they remember every word!

6) Experts say reading aloud to kids is THE single most important way to build a foundation for future success.

5) Reading is very calming and peaceful. It’s a great bedtime ritual to help transition from the activities of the day.

4) Reading aloud gets words into your child’s brain long before she can read to herself.

3) “The more you read the more you know, the more you know the further you go!”

2) Reading together introduces new information and topics that may not come up in conversation with your kids.

And the #1 reason to read to your kids …

1) Nothing feels better than snuggling in bed with your brood and getting into a great old classic that you enjoyed as a kid — ‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Stuart Little’, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ … there are SO many choices!

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Rachel Zahn, MD is a pediatrician turned health writer who had three kids during medical school and pediatric training—crazy, huh?

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