Reading aloud to children is vital because it helps them acquire the information and skills they need in life:
- Knowledge of printed letters and words, and the relationship between sound and print.
- The meaning of words.
- How books work, and a variety of writing styles.
- The world in which they live.
- The difference between written language and everyday conversation.
- The pleasure of reading.
Reading to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development and, later on, achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school.
The percentage of young children read aloud to daily by a family member is one indicator of how well young children are prepared for school.