Reading has a surplus of benefits outside of the classroom. If your child doesn’t like to read, they’re missing out on more than just the school-based curriculum. According to pediatrician Sarah Klein, MD, “Reading to babies and young children is so important. It provides the building blocks for language. And it gives them the tools for forming lifelong social and emotional skills.”
Reading literary fiction allows children, as they grow older, to learn how to empathize. When reading a story, kids put themselves in the narrator’s shoes, helping them see the world from a different perspective. Learning how to understand other’s feelings is a critical skill that long-term fiction reading can help build.
Young readers have also been shown to have a broader vocabulary than non-readers. Through exposure to new words in varying contexts, your child can expand their vocabulary substantially. Further, All4Kids points to reading to improve cognitive development, concentration, discipline, imagination, and creativity.