The Importance of Reading To And With Your Kids

Your child hops off the school bus, you walk him inside, and he immediately races in front of the TV set to play some video games. It may be easier at times to let him enjoy his PlayStation so you can get other tasks done, but the monumental long-term benefits of reading to and with your child are critical.

As National Reading Day approaches on March 3rd, we are reminded about the value of reading in developing your child’s creativity and intelligence. At the same time, reading with your children daily is a major way to build a strong connection with them. All parents can benefit from learning about why reading is integral for a child. Here is why replacing his remote control with a book can truly change your child’s life.

Understanding of language. Research has shown that the most important thing a parent can do to help their child learn and understand language is to read to them. Have them repeat certain words and phrases back as you read aloud. It helps them gain a stronger grasp of pronunciation, rhythm of speech, and builds self-confidence in their speaking voice.

Good quality one-on-one time with your child. When you read to or with your child, you are in close proximity building a bond and strengthening the friendship and love between the two of you. You touch your child more, give your child more affection, share more nonverbal communication, and you are creating memories that will stay with them into adulthood.

It opens the lines of communication. Whether it simply starts a conversation with a child that is difficult to relate to, or it allows you to tackle some of the tougher topics involved in the stages of growing up, reading together opens those lines and gets the conversation flowing. When you read together, you become a safe person to ask questions to and get advice from, and your child will look to you as a leader and example to follow.

It keeps you in touch with your children. When your kids are young, you will choose the books, but as they grow old enough, let them decide what you read to them. The stories may be simple and you may have read them a million times, but letting your child chose will allow you to stay tuned into subjects that they like, and not to mention what they are reading. You will have more to relate to and a better idea of their interests and what is going on in their life. It can help you connect with them on a different level as you learn more about what inspires them as an individual.

Reading aloud helps develop a child’s imagination. With no television to look at, and no words to struggle through, your children have nothing to do but listen and let their imagination flow. Having creativity makes for a moldable adult whom can fit in all social situations and excel in any industry he or she chooses a career in.

They will know you care. Yes- your child will learn to read earlier, have a stronger vocabulary and become a better writer if they read more, but they will also know that they are loved and cared for by an attentive parent. Their self-esteem and confidence will grow, you will have a stronger bond with them, and they will feel safe and loved. All of these outcomes will shape them to be strong and capable adults with positive outlooks and bright futures.

National Read Across America Day happens on March 3 to highlight the importance of developing strong reading skills in your children. Sometimes, when running errands and hopping from activity to activity, it’s hard to find the time to shop for books that will really help your child. Luckily, Daddy & Co.’s Daddy’s Bookstore has a wide array of enriching children’s books and parenting guides that are perfect options for expectant parents and new dads. For example, their Bag O’ Books, a tote bag filled with some fun books for dad to read to his tots, is a convenient and portable way for parents to have books ready to read in any situation!

Daddy & Co’s Bookstore & Founder Daddy Nickell Offers Fun Ways To Fill Your Child’s Bookshelf And Spark An Early Love For Reading

National Read Across America Day approaches on March 3. Has your child’s bookshelf been looking a tad empty? Do you feel like your child is spending too much time in front of the television set? Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to shop for books that develop strong reading skills in your child. Luckily, Daddy & Co. offers solutions to this problem with their popular and enriching Bag O’ Books and Daddy Bookstore! See below for more information on these popular reading essentials.

Daddy & Co’s Bag O’ Books
Reading with your little one is a truly untouchable experience, as there are so many indispensable advantages of reading time together. From one-on-one bonding to building a basic vocabulary, taking the time to read with your small child is priceless! Daddy & Co.’s Bag O’ Books is perfect for new dads, looking for an extra bit of reading time with their little ones. It comes in a 100% natural cotton canvas “I’m The Daddy!” Trunk Bag loaded with six popular daddy-themed books, plus a parenting guide, and pair of I’m the Daddy sunglasses. This book pack gives you and your little one fantastic option for reading together and bonding. Retails for $49.95.

Daddy’s Bookstore
Daddy & Co.’s renowned Daddy’s Bookstore offers popular and imaginative books that will inspire your child to read on National Read Across America Day and beyond. From the Scrub A Dub Dub with Daddy Duck book that helps your child get excited for bathtime to What Daddy Bear Loves, a story that will help you share smiles and laughter with your child, with over 40 books to choose from, there are many fantastic reading options for your family. Daddy’s Bookstore also offers parenting books that are must haves for dads.

Pictured below, left to right: Scrub A Dub Dub with Daddy Duck & Rubber Duck ($15.99), What Daddy Bear Loves & Daddy Bear ($15.99), Oh, Daddy! ($16.99), I Love Daddy Because… ($15.95), My Daddy and Me ($6.99), Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug ($7.99), Daddy, Papa, and Me ($7.99), The Ladybug Girl ($16.99), The Daddy Book ($6.99), Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” ($16.99), The Baby Bonding Books for Dads ($15.95), Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies ($15.99), and What a Difference a Daddy Makes ($14.99)

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, is the founder of Daddy & Co. (formerly Daddyscrubs), a gift and apparel company dedicated to celebrating fatherhood. He also provides a father’s perspective on his DailyDaddy blog with topics such as bonding with your child and what the father should expect during pregnancy and infancy. In addition, he contributes his parenting expertise to national talk shows and daytime television shows and as a syndicated columnist. For more information, please visit

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  • Sarah L

    My mother was a librarian. Both parents were avid readers and read to my sister and me. Reading to kids is VITAL! Also having parents who read their own books is great modeling. Do what I do, as well as what I say…..

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