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Reading to Your Grandchildren: Who Benefits More?

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Any of us who grew up watching TV in the ‘60s, ‘70, and ‘80s knows that “Reading is Fundamental.” We know that a child’s social and intellectual development is fueled by reading. And this includes being read to from an early age. 

As a grandparent, you are an influencer, not necessarily on social media, however, you have a lot of influence with your grandchildren! If they see you reading, they will want to read too. But why stop there? If you really want to impact a child’s development, read TO them every chance you get. 

When you spend time with a child it can be a positive experience for you and them. However, if you want to ‘supercharge’ your time with them, read aloud with them. Reading to a child lets them see that reading is important and enjoyable. This positive interaction builds bonds and increases the likelihood of a child wanting to pick up a book and read for themselves. 

Here are just some of the benefits of reading aloud to a child:

  • When you take the time to read out loud to children, they know that they have your undivided attention.

  • Reading to a child creates a positive shared experience that will build life-long, lasting bonds between you and the child. 

  • When you pick a regular time to read to a child; before bed/nap time, right after dinner, after a walk to the park, etc., you create a calming and enjoyable experience for both of you.

  • Reading to and with a child prepares them to succeed in any subject, level, and grade. It allows the child to develop the listening, reading, and comprehension skill to help them succeed and excel academically.

  • Reading books and looking at illustrated pages stimulates a child’s already creative imagination. It encourages them to keep thinking beyond the boundaries of their surroundings.

As I started this post with the reference to the TV ads for RIF, I would like to end with not only is “Reading is Fundamental”, READING IS FUN! So start reading with your grandchild today! You both will be glad you did.


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