Benefits of Reading to Children

Benefits of Reading to Children
Linda Greer and her grandson are reading to her grandson.

Benefits of Reading to Children

There are a number of benefits of reading to  children. First, there is a strong correlation of reading and school success.  Beyond that, loving books and reading are the attributes of life-long learning.

Today’s Technology

With today’s competition from games, cellphones, videos, etc., it has become harder to get children to pick up a book. But, parents and teachers that read books aloud to young children are encouraging them to get hooked on the enjoyment of reading. These are the children that want to visit the library for a new selection of books.

Put Away the Electronics

I suggest time during the day when all electronics are put-away (including Mom and Dad) and the whole family read together.

What Do the Experts Say

The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the International Reading Association says, “failing to give children literacy experiences until they are school-age can severely limit the reading and writing levels they ultimately attain.”

Great Quote That I Have Used During Presentations

“The more rich and multifaceted the learning experiences, the more neurons are fired. What fires together wires together.” (Dr. Betty Rintoul)

Below are some ideas for sharing story books.

  • Set a special time for reading.
  • Read aloud.
  • Be familiar with the book.
  • Choose books that interest you and your child.
  • Read a variety of books.
  • Hold the book so that the child can see the pictures.
  • Point to the words as you read.
  • Use expressions when reading. Make dialogue interesting.
  • Do not change the vocabulary.

Favorite Books for Reading

The following are some of my favorite books to share with children.


  1. Engvack, William.Lullabies and Night Songs
  2. Glazer, Tom. Music for Ones and Twos
  3. Hall, Susan T. So Sleepy
  4. Hill, Eric. Up There
  5. Kunhardt, Dorthy. Pat the Bunny
  6. Oxenbury, Helen. Playing
  7. Tudor, Tasha. Mother Goose
  8. Wessells, Katherine Tyler. The Golden Song Book
Benefits of Reading
Book Selection, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Toddlers and Twos

  1. Alexander, Martha. Pigs Say Oink
  2. Brown, Margaret Wise. Red Light, Green Light
  3. Braun, Dick. The Fish
  4. Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  5. Crew, Donald. Truck
  6. Dodds, Siobhan. Words and Pictures
  7. Hoban, Tana. A Children’s Zoo
  8. Polushkin, Maria. Who Said Meow?
Benefits of Reading
Book Selection, Song and Dance Man

Preschool Children

  1. Ackerman, Karen. Song and Dance Man
  2. Bourgeois, Paulette. Hurry Up, Franklin
  3. Freeman, Don. Corduroy
  4. Ga’g, Wanda. Millions of Cats
  5. Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  6. Piper, Watt. The Little Engine That Could
  7. Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
  8. Wood, Audrey. The Napping House
  9. Wyont, Wanda. Sunbeam
  10. Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog



Benefits of Reading
Book Selection, Barkley’s Great Escape
  1. Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Is Missing
  2. Allsburg, Chris Van. The Polar Express
  3. Bate, Lucy. Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth
  4. Ernst, Lisa Campbell, When Bluebell Sang
  5. Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace
  6. Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
  7. Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
  8. Williams, Margery, The Velveteen Rabbit
  9. Wyont, Wanda. Barkley’s Great Escape
  10. Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon

I hope that you will check out my book, Barkley’s Great Escape.

It is about a Labrador Retriever.

The link above will take you to my website with all the links and a detailed description of my book. I will be happy to sign and inscribe a child’s name if you purchase directly from me.


Wanda Wyont, MA in Education – Birth-Kindergarten

I have a Master of Arts in Education and have worked in education in many diverse settings. As a preschool director, I worked closely with children and their families. During my tenure as a college instructor, I had the great opportunity to work with adults of various ages.

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