14 Facts About the Importance of Reading to Your Child

Reading aloud to your child when they are a baby, and all through their early childhood is one of the most important determining factors in how well they will do with school. Not only is reading aloud important, but having books in the home has also been proven to be more influential in a child’s potential for achievement than any other factor. Getting in the habit of reading together can build a strong relationship between you and your child too.

What Should You And Your Child Be Reading Together?

Studies have shown that age appropriate books are best. Following a good reading program can help you determine what age level your child should be reading at as it may not always match their chronological age. When in doubt, stick with books that match your child’s actual age and find out how easily they can read it to determine if you should go up or down.

14 Crazy Facts (That Are True) About Early Readers

  1. The level of the parent’s education is less important than the number of books in a home in determining academic success for a child.
  2. The most important factor in a child’s success in school is being read to at an early age and exposure to books.
  3. The number of books in a home directly relates to achievement scores on reading assessments.
  4. A child who struggles with reading in 1st grade will often decide to avoid reading for the rest of their life.
  5. Two out of three 4th grade students who are not reading at their level will spend time in prison as an adult. A study found that programs that promote literacy but provide no books to low-income children are ineffective.
  6. Middle income neighborhoods have 13 books to every child on average, in low income neighborhoods there is one book per 300 children.
  7. Over 80% of all programs designed to help low-income children with reading have no age appropriate books.
  8. Exposure to books is the best way to combat low reading skills in children living in poverty, yet 61% of all low income families have no books due to their cost.
  9. It costs over $2 billion annually to cover students who have to repeat a grade due to reading below their grade levels.
  10. Every high school dropout costs the economy $260,000 a year in supporting benefits, whether or not they are on social welfare.
  11. Some states form their projection of prison population growth by assessing the percent of children who are reading at their level in 4th.
  12. 15 minutes a day or reading adds up to several million words a year.
  13. Studies have shown that one good experience with reading is all it takes to build a desire to read more.
  14. Americans spend over $3.2 million on new kid’s books each year, but there still aren’t enough used kid’s books to meet the demand.