This article, entitled "Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Children," comes from Pam Tauscher, MomsEveryday correspondent from Madison, WI.
If you enjoy reading and want your kids to love it too, reading literacy group RIF says the best thing to do is read aloud to them. The earlier you start, the better.
Even a baby can see pictures, listen to your voice and turn cardboard pages. Research shows that children can start learning to read long before they ever say their first words or form sentences.
If your toddler likes to read the same book over and over again, experts say they get something out of the book every time you read it. The key is to not read to them, but with them. Finding ways to engage your child while reading is just as important as the story.
Don't stop reading aloud once your children have learned to read for themselves. Encourage them to read to you some of the time. As your child grows, introduce them to books that match their hobbies like sports or adventure.
Make sure your child sees you reading for enjoyment, too. Setting aside family reading time is key to making reading a priority.