Reasons to Read together Think About It

March 22, 1998

There are lots of good reasons to read aloud to your child. Here are just a few of them from Susan Rapp, director of the Village Reading Center:

* Reading can broaden children's interests and expose them to cultures and adventures they may not be able to experience.

* It increases a child's vocabulary.

* It helps children feel empathy and compassion.

* It promotes a desire to read independently.

* It increases their listening ability and memorization skills.

* It's time parent and child can spend together.

* A child who is read to is likely to become the kind of parent who reads aloud to his or her children.

* And it increases the chances a child will continue to read beyond high school - in other words, reading aloud develops a lifelong reader.

Pub Date: 3/22/98

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