My kids are all grown now, but when they were little I read to them every day. I love to read so I practically have my own library, which meant they had plenty of books to choose from and of course they were always getting more. I just wanted to share my passion for reading with my children, but why is it important to read to our kids?
A study was done at Ohio State University, https://ehe.osu.edu/news/listing/importance-reading-kids-daily-0/ which shows that children entering kindergarten, whose parents have read them five books a day have heard 1.4 million more words than those who have never been read to. This is important because this extended vocabulary will help those children develop their reading and vocabulary skills now that they are in school.
Reading to your child not only helps with school readiness, language development, thinking skills, and vocabulary but it helps them develop their imaginations and empathy as they identify with the characters in the books. Reading with your child also helps to build a strong bond between you and your child, as well as any other siblings, in short, it will bring the family closer together.
So grab a book and start reading to your child. The earlier the better but it is never too late, just make it a daily routine to read at least one book to your child every day.