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C.S. Lewis noted that, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
Most tots are quite adept of learning far more complicated material far earlier than most people give them credit for. Children whose parents read to them get a head start on language skills and literacy, as well as bonding time with Mom or Dad.
The benefits of reading to your child go beyond language and literature skills. Family books allow one-on-one interaction, and focused attention from you to your child. It is an activity they’ll take an interest in because they see their parent take an interest in it.
As kids transition to teens, they often stop reading seriously. Homework, sports, computer games, friendships all distract from books. Much of their social life takes place via smartphones. While it’s likely that teenagers, engrossedin screens of one sort or another, read more words than ever before, most are reading fewer books.
According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” The stats back up this claim: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
Reading for just six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by up to 68%, according to a 2009 study from the University of Sussex. Researchers found that reading silently to oneself works to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles.
Neurological researchers have dedicated years studying the impact of books on the brain. Acompelling link between avid reading and enhanced cognitive ability has been established. Reading has a profound effect on mental agility and memory.