Question: Why is reading books to my
child important?

Answer: Books play an important role in a child’s development. Parents can increase skills though reading to children. Reading improves language development, vocabulary, listening, and reading readiness skills. Reading can begin at infancy and continue after a child learns to read. Expanding upon the words and pictures within a book is beneficial in increasing language and vocabulary knowledge. Ask the child questions about the pictures and what is occurring in the story. Give books as a gift, visit libraries often, and attend local story times.