... promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages, and their memory. It also improves their emotional and social development. ... children who are read to from an earlier age have better language development and tend to have better language scores later in life. Most important ... is that reading aloud is a period of shared attention and emotion between parent and child. This reinforces reading as a pleasurable activity.(The original article appeared in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.)
Sadly, I think many parents here don't read to their children. Sometimes because they just don't have time. (Or is that an excuse?) But I suspect more often because they were not read to themselves as children - so it feels a bit strange to strike out and do things differently.
And they may not actually know how to go about it. (A friend of mine, Saradha, is actually a college lecturer who gives lessons to parents in how to read to their kids! And yes, they need it.) There's some useful advice here and here.
Or they may not know what to read. (Do drop by Daphne's blog for reading suggestions.)
So let's do a quick poll - were you read to as a kid? And if you have them - what are you reading to your kids?
After thought :
I wonder - is bedtime reading less common here because kids here don't really have a regular , set bed-time as they do in the West where most kids are packed off really early? Anyway, there's no need to read to kids just at bed-time ...
(Picture by Vanessa Cabban and nicked from here.)