Even if they can read and especially if they hate reading
Who needs convincing that reading aloud to children is a good idea? Not many people, it seems. According to Scholastic’s Kids and Family Reading Report, 77% of parents with children aged between 0 and 5 say they started reading to their child before they turned one. Unfortunately, that percentage drops significantly after age 5, despite both parents and children saying that they enjoy reading together. By that stage, children begin to read by themselves and perhaps parents feel that their job is done. Actually, there are many reasons to keep reading aloud to children even if they are independent readers. And for children who struggle to read, even more so. Kids with literacy difficulties and reluctant readers risk missing out on the many advantages of reading.
But, what are those benefits?
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