Reading can be a bonding time for families.
When we read together, we often are also snuggling and laughing and interacting in ways that we wouldn’t be otherwise. We have shared experiences and memories that are enjoyable. My kids are phenomenal readers, yet they still love it when I read aloud to them. My little toddler loves being read to just as much as my 11-year-old. It is a family activity that we all enjoy!
Books do not have to be educational to teach us something new. Kids learn new words, new experiences, cultures, and new ways to think about things from books. Books can open their minds to things they have never thought about before.
Reading to kids builds a love of reading! Kids are going to love reading more when they have positive memories and experiences with it. They will see it as an enjoyable activity, and not a stressful one.
Kids will develop language sooner and have a wider vocabulary when they are read to regularly.
Hearing a word in context helps you understand its meaning. If you are regularly reading to your kids, they will hear more words and increase their vocabulary from an earlier age. This is true of very young children, too. They will learn more words sooner when you are reading to them early on. It is also true of older kids. If you read books to them that would be a little bit too challenging for them to read on their own, they will learn new words in context.
Reading books can spark imagination and creativity in kids.
There are so many books that just get their minds going and help them to be creative! I love the books that make them think and stretch their minds in new ways. I also love books about kids doing awesome things because it helps my own kids see that they, too can be (and are) awesome!
Reading to kids helps them develop listening skills.
My kids are quite good at sitting and listening to books for an extended period of time because I read to them regularly. However, they have learned this skill from doing every day for years. My younger children do not have the skills that the older ones do, but will build it up over time. Listening skills are SO valuable in many areas of life.