I'm sharing this interesting and informative infographic from ReadAloud.org. It's self-explanatory, and signifies the importance of reading to children, whether they be your own, in a classroom, or other setting. Personally, I read to both of my girls from the time they were 4 months old. Now aged 30 and 34, they appreciate the stories that they heard and followed along with. My younger daughter struggled with her reading ability for a while, but she caught up. It was vital to spend the one on one time with her, as both I & my husband did. Reading aloud engenders imagination, and helps with literacy skills. Along with the pie suggestions, it also allows interaction between child and adult, and guides them along. The two most relevant life skills we need are reading and writing. It's terribly sad to see how many children slip through the cracks, and then really struggle as teenagers and adults. I have worked with 10 year old children, who cannot spell or read easy four letter words, becoming embarrassed and not wanting to read out loud. That is understandable. The longer time goes on before a child's lack literacy skills are dealt with, it is often too late to make a difference. Make it fun, interact with the children, and they will see it as an enjoyable activity, all the while progressing in their learning and ability.