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Reading Aloud: It’s Never Too Late

Research has shown that reading out loud to children is the single most important thing a parent can do to prepare a child for future academic success. Young children learn a great deal when books are read aloud to them. You have the opportunity during your read-aloud time to share in the excitement and emotions as children learn about the structure of stories—how they begin, different types of conflicts, and possible solutions.

Children learn to know that events can be seen from different viewpoints, how to use their imagination, and how to view situations from various perspectives. Being read to also helps a child learn the connection between the written and spoken word. Reading aloud to children develops their listening skills and builds vocabulary. And, last but not least, listening to books read aloud helps children develop a taste for excellent literature.

Unfortunately, by the time children outgrow picture books, many parents stop reading aloud with them, but there is no reason to stop reading aloud. Children of all ages enjoy being read to, and they shouldn’t be punished for learning to read by losing that special
reading-aloud time.

We also need to remember that there are whole new frontiers to explore in books even as the children grow older, and children can listen to more advanced books than they can read. I recall several times reading aloud to my eight- to twelve-year-olds, when I didn’t think any one else was listening, only to hear later from my much older teenagers remarks about the stories that they had heard when they were eavesdropping on our story time.

Remember, it’s never too late to read aloud.


  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. It IS never too late for reading aloud. I myself still love to hear a good story from someone else reading it. (Big book on tape/cd fan here) For children it is of the utmost importance. Even teenagers can benefit from being read aloud to.

    My eldest granddaughter (she is nine) and I to take turns reading books together. I love hearing her read and she likes the way I “get into” the characters. This is a great family bonding activity that we enjoy sharing. Her younger sister, who is 4, still likes to cuddle up and have me read to her, which I just adore doing. Even their 2 year old cousin brings me books to read with him although his attention span is not as great as theirs is yet.

    Thanks for sharing this post and its gentle reminder.

  2. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Appreciate it!

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