Bedtime stories are known for adventure, mystery and magic – but the real wonder of reading is inside your mind. A great way to bond with your child, reading out loud also has major benefits for brain development – especially when they’re under 5 years old.

Better learning outcomes

Storytime can set your child up for success. Studies have shown that reading to children at an early age can directly impact their future. Being read to can improve their education outcomes, regardless of household income, education level or cultural background.

Brain benefits

Reading aloud enhances the abilities of young children in many ways. It enhances their ability to connect the words they hear with images in their head. This process improves imaginative recall, speeding up the transition to independent reading.

In-person is best

Studies show that pre-school age children learn better when an adult is present. That’s why reading in person can have more benefits than an electronic book or recording. Adults can help answer questions and help interpret tricky passages.­­

In opening a book, you open a world of opportunity for your child. Encouraging language, literacy and social skills, reading aloud is an educational activity with real results.