6 Reasons You Should Read to Older Children

6 Reasons You Should Read to Older Children

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87% of children like reading-aloud time, which will not change over time. However, many parents stop reading to their kids after they can read by themselves. In fact, reading-aloud time can create a close bond among family members and bring some significant benefits to our kids, especially to those independent readers. Let’s explore them.

1.Master more vocabulary

The language in books is richer and more complicated than that in daily conversation, and some are difficult for kids to understand even they can read. While reading to them, you can explain these words— helping kids understand words in context is much easier. Knowing the words’ meaning, they will use them in life. More reading to kids, more vocabulary they master.

2.Instill life lessons

Have you ever encountered such an embarrassing moment, when your kids turn a deaf ear to what you’ve said? As they are approaching to their teens, you may get such experience more. Actually, it is a good thing: a sign of growth. However, as parents, we still need to instill them some life lessons in a better way, reading. After reading, you can discuss issues alike in books with them frankly. In this way, they may think they are not an isolated one, as their problems are mentioned in books. They may also feel your genuine love for them, instead of going in one ear and out the other to your words.

3.Enlarge reading material

In 1984, Dr. Thomas G. Sticht put, “ A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until the eighth grade. ” It means before their eighth grade, they can enjoy a book with more complicated plot than they can read themselves.
When you read to them, you can choose books at a higher grade level.
Your reading provides them opportunities to comprehend books with more complex plot and get to know more new authors, genres, text, etc. This can be a good preparation for them to read chapter books.

4.Develop reading fluency

As we known, kids must first hear and understand how to read a language.
Your fluent reading can not only help kids understand stories better, but also set a model for your kids for reading.
As you read, you are modeling what fluent reading sounds like to your kids. They may transfer these experience to their own reading and they are likely to practice reading every now and then.
Imagine that when they are called on to read aloud in class, they can be comfortable with the reading. It is your reading that contributes to their wonderful performance.
This is surely the most powerful way to help them become fluent readers.

5.Encourage life-long reading

Statistics show that as kids grow older, they read less. Even worse, they may give up reading.

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How to solve the problem?
Set aside time daily for your kids to read.
Your action plays such an important role in cultivating their love of reading.
Among children who are frequent readers, 57% of parents set aside time each day for their child to read, compared to 16% of parents of children who are infrequent readers.
Read to them now and stick to it, you will get a life-long reader.

6.Enjoy happy family time

Both parents and kids have too much screen time these days. Instead of watching TV or suffering online, why not read with your kids to spend time together?
‘Shared words have power, an energy that you can’t get from TV, radio, or online.”(Jessica Lahey) Reading to your kids will help you enjoy a happy family time together.

The benefits of reading to older kids are too numerous to mention. On holidays, you can find some new books that capture your kids’ curiosity and imagination to read with them. You and your kids must experience a meaningful vacation. Let’s read from now on!


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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


10 Benefits of Reading with Kids You Should Know

10 Benefits of Reading with Kids You Should Know

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With the joy of parenthood, various problems in parenting follow:

“My kids love screen time too much”.

“How to calm down my little monsters?”

“School test is C -”…..

How to grapple with these issues?


Daily reading benefits our kids in many aspects. I believe if you know them, you will stick to reading to your kids after busy work.

So, let’s get into them.

1. Improve language skills.

In daily conversation, vocabulary is limited. However, in reading, your kids are exposed to larger vocabularies with different topics, which can prepare themselves well into good communicators. The more words they know, the better they perform.

2. Broaden knowledge.

Kids are always curious about the world and like asking(It’s really a good thing.). Sometimes, their questions are difficult to answer. Just like “Mom, where am I from?” Then why not reading books with them to find out the answers?

Reading is also an activity opening doors of new worlds to them. The more books they read, the more knowledge they will get.

When I read the series of The Magic School Bus to my son, he began to care about the things around him, such as, man’s body, leaves, water, electricity, etc.

3. Exercise brain.

According to research while reading to kids from an early age, specific areas of brain can be affected. These areas of the brain play an important role in kids’ language development. An interactive reading style can raise a kid’s IQ by 6 points.

4. Improve imagination and creativity

Engaging in a book, kids will imagine the scene, plot, characters, and even make predictions about the future development of the story, which gives their minds new possibilities and new ideas.

Besides, when we read to our kids, their right side of brain are stimulated, thereby broadening their imagination.

5. Improve concentration.

As parents, we are worried about too much screen time may harm to our kids and make them difficult to concentrate.


Try to read books your kids are interested in. When absorbed in the stories, they will focus on the story for a long period of time. Sitting still and quietly, they are eager to know the story line.

With a sustained concentration, they can succeed in other tasks. It benefits to their later school life.

6. Improve test scores.

Although we cannot judge a kid’s intelligence and future success only by test scores, obviously we prefer a higher score to a lower one.

How to achieve a higher test score? You only need read to them.

Kids exposed to more reading will get better results at school. Reading can improve kids’ concentration, comprehension, and get more knowledge. All these can help to improve their test scores. Then try to read to your kids as early as possible.

7. Build empathy.

Absorbed in a story, a kid usually puts himself into the story and begins to imagine how he would feel in that situation, which enables them to understand others better and get along well with others.

8. Instill moral values.

Reading is a good way to instill moral values to your kids.

When you read heroic stories, your kids must be inspired by the heroes and try to be brave and full of courage. Rather than imparting them life lessons, they may take the heroes as their models and  behave themselves well.

9. Create a bond.

Spending time with your kids can bring a closer relationship.

Reading can give them the sense of intimacy and help them feel close to you. After a busy day at work, it is a good way to spend quality time with your kids. If families read together for 20minutes a day, they can get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year.

10. Build a life-long love of learn

Brian Tracy, a personal development coach and speaker, says The most successful people read an average of 2-3 hours per day. Your ability to expand your mind and strive for lifelong learning is critical to your success.’’ Therefore, instill a love of reading at an early age and life-long learning is sure to follow.

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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


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