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15 Reasons for Reading Aloud to Children

Why Reading to Your Children is Important

Based on an interview I conducted with librarian and educator, Lisa Von Drasek, I've created a list of 15 reasons why reading aloud to children is important. Some of these reason come from my conversation with Lisa, others come from different social networks commenting on the interview and subject. 

  • Crucial to a child s ability to learn to read
  • Allows children to hear the sounds that make up words
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Provides a safe place for children to hear and live the lives of characters in a story
  • Has a more emotional impact
  • Positively influences the desire to read
  • Builds attention span
  • It's fun
  • Improves listening skills
  • Improves retention and learning for auditory learners
  • Teaches children how to read with emotion, expression and dramatic effect
  • Enriches child language skills
  • Nurtures relationships between child and adult
  • Gives adults insights into a child's world through the questions they ask
  • Creates opportunities to talk about the book and subjects related to or beyond the book

(This list of reasons of why it's important to read to children was originally posted on April 3, 2012 at http://kenbakerbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/15-reasons-for-reading-aloud-to.html)

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