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Benefits of Reading to Children

The benefits of reading to children can impact every level of a child's growth.  Books can be used to shape several areas of a child's development including:  physical, intellectual, emotional, social and even spiritual.  Books influence!

As amazing as technology is, it also seems to be stealing something from us.  Reading with kids is one of the most impactful activities we can invest in children whether they are our own, our students or our little friend.

Research studies have shown that reading with children can enhance many areas of a child's life.

A few Benefits of Reading to Children include:

  • Shows love and creates shared experiences
  • Instills a love for reading
  • Builds & reinforces foundational reading skills
  • Increases vocabulary & listening skills
  • Encourages discovery and fun
  • Enhances learning
  • Spurs imagination
  • Inspires kids and builds confidence
  • Helps develop areas of speech & language
  • Can bring healing and comfort
  • Shape character and emotional behaviors
  • Model social behavior & emotions


Benefits of reading to children are key to their development.  We want to point you to children's books that go beyond the read to ways they are able to impact a child's life in specific areas of development including the ability to read.

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."   

- Walt Disney

Spiritual Development

Spiritual development deals with beyond what can be seen.  Helping children understand moral and ethical issues can be enhanced through stories.  

Bible stories and Bible verses for children lay important foundations to knowing God and HIs character.  They can give a child hope and direction beyond this life.

Christian children's books support what is taught in the Bible through emphasizing Christian values.  But so many other books for kids can also be used to enhance spiritual development as one of the benefits of reading to children.

Intellectual Development

The benefits for intellectual development may seem obvious in that children who read more, learn more.  Books for kids also lay foundations for learning such as the ability to focus and pay attention, increased vocabulary, and proficiency in reading.

And let's not forget about imagination; books can take us anywhere!  Stories spark thoughts and creativity beyond a child's everyday life.  Anything is possible in a story! 

Emotional Development

A story can allow a child to step into sensitive situations as someone else - a character in a book.  Children's books can model appropriate ways to handle and navigate intense emotions.

Bibliotherapy is used by many therapists using books to help clients walk through difficult emotions or stages of life. Books for kids can also be used to assist children of various ages in handling emotions or sensitive seasons in life.

Social Development

An important aspect of social development is a child's own self image and how they see themselves interacting with the world around them.  Books for kids are capable of inspiring and encouraging a child to know himself as well as others.

Books for kids are powerful tools in character trait development.  Stories where the characters model such traits as honesty, responsibility, caring and citizenship impact a child's desire and ability to develop similar traits.

Physical Development

We may have never considered how many physical developmental abilities are built through reading books.  Reading to children at very early ages has been shown to directly impact brain development, speech and language abilities, and increased vision awareness.

Even the rhythm and rhyme of books, the repetitive phrases and sounds can increase a child's auditory awareness including that of phonemes, the building blocks of phonics.

Reading books for older children can reduce stress, enhance sleep, and even encourage physical activity through the example of the characters in a book.

Please join us on a reading journey making the most of every book we read to and with children!  

Special note: We do preview the websites to which we link, but are unable to peruse them completely. We try to check others' faith statements and make sure they do profess Jesus Christ as God's Son and salvation is found only in Him. It must, however, be your responsibility to personally dig into God's Word and allow the Holy Spirit to be your first and final teacher on all subjects.

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