Wednesday Trivia: The Benefits of Reading to Your Child

May 15, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

Family Reading

Child development experts have long known that children benefit from reading with their parents. But a new study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science has quantified that benefit. It turns out, reading to your little one can raise his or her IQ more than 6 points.

But it’s not enough just to read the stories; researchers say you have have to read in an “interactive style” to see an uptick in smarts. How do you read interactively? Shadow your children’s interests (that is, pick books they’ll actually like!) and ask open-ended questions, making sure to encourage your child to elaborate on her answers as much as possible.

Looking for a few new bedtime reading suggestions? Check out eight books guaranteed to turn your child into a reader, plus six books your whole family will love.


  1. Chris Grant

    I read every day to both of my children from the time they were about 18 months old- we always sat in a big old arm chair together and went through a pile of their favorites. Trips to the library were frequent. My kids are now adults and are voracious readers. We now trade books with each other. I think reading to my kids was one of the best things I did as a Mom.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm
  2. Kristy J. W.

    I have always been a firm believer in reading to my kids every night starting around the age of 6 months old.

    May 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

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