•Research shows that just 20 minutes per night spent reading with your child can improve child literacy by 10 school days per year.
•Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4x more likely to drop out in later years.
•Reading to young children stimulates their development and gives them a head start when they reach school, according to researchers who have reviewed studies on the effects of reading. Apart from helping their reading, sharing a bedtime story with a child promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages, and their memory. It also improves their emotional and social development. (6)
•”According to the U.S. Department of Education, 41 percent of fourth grade boys and 35 percent of fourth grade girls are reading below the basic level, and, in low-income, urban schools that number can be as high as 70 percent,” says Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. Just a few minutes of reading before bedtime can make a significant difference for children and lead to a brighter future.”