Reading to, and with, children has many positive effects, including fostering a love of reading, building vocabulary, and promoting attention span, as well as building listening skills, imagination, and knowledge. A 2014 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics noted in an interview with PBS that reading is also a time when children have undivided attention of their caregivers (which is increasingly uncommon in the age of the smart phone). In essence, reading to children not only supports healthy development, it also builds positive relationships.
Make it a priority this school year to have quality time for reading!