More Parents are Reading Aloud to Children of All Ages

Research comes from Scholastic
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New research from Scholastic’s 2019 “Kids and Family Reading Report: 7th Edition” shows that the power of reading aloud to support literacy and social emotional skills is getting through to parents. Reading aloud to children at birth and throughout childhood enhances parent-child bonding and prepares their brains for language and literacy skills.

The percentage of families who report reading to babies 3 months of age and younger rose from 2014 to 2018, as did the number of families with children ages 12 months and younger in the same time period. There is a rapid decline of reading aloud to children beginning at age 6, when there are still many benefits to the activity. 

Reading together helps create a routine and conversations about the stories being read. Scholastic’s research suggests this ritual encourages children to become frequent readers on their own. Read the full study at


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