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6 Great Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Kids

You probably already know that you should be reading aloud to your child on a regular basis. But sometimes that can be hard. Am I right? Between math class, science experiments, errands, and getting dinner on the table, you have to make choices about how to spend your time.

In this post, I want to lay out six really great reasons why you should make the time to read aloud.

6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Kids

  1. Reading aloud to children creates a lifetime interest in reading.

    If you start reading to your children while they are young, they will be much more likely to grow into the habit of reading. When they associate reading with happy memories, they are more likely to persist in learning to read, even when they run into occasional roadblocks in the process of learning to read.

  2. Reading to young children extends their attention spans.

    Don’t overdo it at first. You might need to start with just ten minutes of read-aloud time, and gradually extend the time until your child is able to maintain full attention for longer periods of time. A longer attention span will help a child perform better both in school subjects and in real-life projects.

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  3. Reading aloud to children aids in language development.

    As children listen to you read, they assimilate strong language skills. They pick up correct word pronunciation, word usage, and proper grammar. Their working vocabulary increases, and they internalize correct sentence structure. All these skills will eventually transfer to their own speaking and writing. Improper grammar will begin to sound wrong to them, and they will be more likely to choose good grammar when they communicate. By demonstrating fluency, reading aloud to your child will also help him become a more fluent reader.

  4. As you read aloud, the power of a child’s imagination is strengthened.

    As you read to your children, they visualize the book’s events in their minds. Through the pages of a book, children are able to experience events and situations that are outside of their own personal experiences. They can picture life in other parts of the world and in other cultures. Children who have been read to are usually more adept at creating stories from their own imaginations.

  5. Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.

    As you read and discuss books together, your child increases his problem-solving abilities and gains insight into characters’ motives. Discussing a book as you read helps teach a child how to make good predictions. As you read aloud, you can fill in missing background information that helps a child better understand the book’s setting, historical background, and characters—details that might be missed if a child reads a book on his own. Reading aloud also gives you the opportunity to emphasize important character traits as you read. Point out examples of compassion, kindness, perseverance, and optimism, then take a moment to discuss these traits with your children.

  6. Last, but certainly not least, read-aloud time is great one-on-one bonding time.

    Reading aloud is a wonderful chance to share adventure, intrigue, and emotion—without having to leave your living room. And that is irreplaceable.

Need More Encouragement?

Do you have a culture of reading in your household? Or do you need to get motivated to start reading to your kids?

Check out Read-Aloud Revival! Sarah MacKenzie has interviewed Jim Weiss (“Reading Aloud Imperfectly”), Andrew Pudewa (“Reading Aloud to Older Kids”), and Mystie Winckler (“For Parents Who Don’t Like to Read Aloud”), as well as many great authors.

I had the chance to join Sarah to chat about the importance of reading aloud with a struggling reader. Sarah and I packed a lot into our 21-minute conversation, including suggestions for some of my very favorite books to read aloud with struggling learners.

Read Aloud Revival interview with Marie Rippel

You may want to subscribe to her podcast (I did!) or her email list. Read-Aloud Revival has had over 1 million downloads—and for good reason!

So grab a cup of tea and join Sarah and me as we chat about the importance of reading aloud to your children. Then go grab a book and a comfy chair and spend some time reading together with your children.

Need ideas for books to read aloud? Check out my FREE downloadable library lists!

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Kimberly

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Even our high school aged kids love read-aloud time!

Kimberly

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Even our high schoolers love our read-aloud times!

Felicia

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We love to read aloud my girls and I take turns reading bedtime books.

Camille

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We love to read aloud!🤗

Barbara Escher

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Thank you for these “Great Reasons to Read Aloud”! As the author of a children’s book, I am passionate about reading to kids. I read to my own children (and grandchildren), and I had the good fortune of watching them develop their own passion for reading. I remember having great fun with my younger grandson’s battle over “blue horse, blue horse,” which he insisted was correctly pronounced “boo hiss, boo hiss.” We still laugh about that, and he is now 19 years old. Those memories are so special!

Robin E.

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Barbara,
I love it when early childhood mispronunciations become a part of a family’s common language! Thank you for sharing this sweet story.

Carina A

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One of our favorite things to do. :)

Nicole G

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I like to work in some read alouds that are beyond my kids’ level just to help with my sanity, as long as the subject matter is appropriate. Whatever they pick up, great. They’ll get more of it next time we (or they) read it.

Elizabeth

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Reading aloud has been a blessing to our family! Some of my most precious memories growing up are sitting with my mother as she read timeless classics to me and my siblings. I am thrilled to do likewise with my own crew. It is a joy to see my son (3 years old) “read” to his little sister or stuffed animals by dragging his finger along the words in a book and reading chapter numbers as he imitates the actions he sees during our reading time. It makes for great bonding time and has given him a strong vocabulary. People are shocked to hear his sentence structure and big words when he speaks with them.

Robin E.

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I love how reading aloud to children helps build multi-generational memories!

Samantha

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This is so important. We need to educate parents that programs like Tumblebooks are great but “there’s no app to replace a lap.”

Robin E.

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I love it! “There’s no app to replace a lap.” So true. Thank you for sharing this, Samantha.

Angela

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I love getting to read to my boys, and they love it too! I can’t wait until they get old enough to start chapter books, and get into more interesting stories!

Robin E.

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I know what you mean, Angela! I enjoyed reading great picture books for my little ones, but it was much more fun when they were ready to for me to share great chapter books with them. It just gets better as they get older too. I loved enjoying Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 with my teens last year!

Flick

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we love our time together during read alouds! it’s really helped my youngest with his speech delay.

tara

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Thank you for these tips…Reading time is my 3 year old’s favorite time of the day..

Robin E.

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Reading time is my favorite time of the day too! 😊

April

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Bedtime Read Alouds are my favorite part of the day with my sweet boy!

Merry

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They were always my favorite part too, April!

Sarah Whitaker

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We love reading to our children and seeing the rewards. Their increased vocabulary and language skills, the snuggles, and seeing their imagination light up. With three kiddos, it does get harder to have the one on one time reading, but the family reading time is so special.

Robin E.

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Sarah,
In many ways, I think family time reading is the best. I love seeing the connection we all make across shared literature. 😊

Deena Hargett

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Thank you for these reminders. I used to read all the time to my older children( we have 13) but I just do not read do much to my younger ones because of being older and having so much more to do. But I need to take the time since it will help them so much

Beth Anne Witmer

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Read aloud time is my favorite part of the day and my children’s! We enjoy reading through picture books and small chapter books. With summer weather here, we have been spending time outside reading as well. My son is just starting to read CVC words on his own which is so exciting to watch!

Robin E.

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Beth,
My children loved when we spent time outside reading! For some reason they were always so excited to dig holes while I read aloud, so they dug a lot of holes. Whatever as long as they are listening!

Julie

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My boys are older now but I still love to read with them!

Katelyn Fagan

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Yes! It is so important to read to your children even as they grow up!

Angie

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Thank you for this – I don’t read aloud to the kiddos much, not because I don’t like reading but more because they don’t seem to care and certainly they aren’t clamoring for me to do it.

Robin E.

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Angie,
Reading aloud to children is worthwhile even if they don’t beg for it. And, the more you do it, trying different kinds of books, different times of day, and so on, they may start asking you for “one more chapter”. 😊

Elizabeth Gaines

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Thanks for sharing this. Even though we spend a TON of time reading, sometimes I feel my kiddos don’t absorb anything when I read to them. This was a nice refreshing reminder there are many benefits beyond absorption.

Robin E.

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Elizabeth,
I have had moments when I doubted my kids were learning anything I read aloud to them. But days or even weeks later, I’d see things come into their play that showed me they were absorbing more than a new!

I’ll never forget Lego Viking longship my boys built when they were about 9 and 7 years old. It was complete with a dragon figurehead and Viking mini-figures with morning star maces. Note, this was not a set. They had taken parts from many different sets (including a pirate ship and Jurassic Park sets) to make their Viking longship and it was remarkably historically accurate for little boys using whatever parts they could find.

Laurie Levert

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I love your curriculum.

Greta

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We love read a louds in our house. It’s one of my favorite things to do as a family!

Nicole G

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I’m trying to increase our read aloud time. Sometimes it’s hard to work around six potentially loud little voices!

Tiffany

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Thank you for this! There are some great book recommendations!

Jessica

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Thank you for posting this along with the free downloadable library lists! This will be great to find books to read to my 4 year old daughter this summer. I have been reading out loud to her since she was a baby and she loves reading! I am excited to start the pre-reading level with her soon!

Rachel

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Thank you for the lists!

Stephanie

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We love reading aloud together! Our goal is at least 1 chapter a day.

Nadezhda

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We love reading aloud together as a family and have done it ever since kids were babies. I look forward to my children reading on their own, but will also miss the read aloud family time. :)

Robin E.

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Nadezhda,
We recommend reading aloud to your children long beyond the time they learn to read themselves! The benefits of being read aloud to don’t end when a child can read. I still read aloud to my teenagers at least a few (thick and long) books a year, in addition to the many books they read themselves. Read aloud family time can stay until your children become adults!

Jennefer Pers

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We struggled with reading aloud time, my boys just didn’t like it! We finally found a series that keeps them interested 2 weeks ago and I really noticed a change in their attitude toward reading! They are definitely more interested now 😊

Robin E.

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I’m glad you found a series your boys enjoy, Jennefer. Good for you for keeping at it until you won them over! 😊

jacelyn

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thank you for all of the encouragement

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