There are so many benefits of reading aloud to young children:
- Entertains children, showing them why they should read.
- Instills the habits and values of a literate life
- Fosters knowledge and love of story.
- Offers a demonstration of what oral reading should sound like.
- Encourages bonding among read aloud participants.
- Helps children to interpret their lives by relating to story events and
- Encourages children to broaden their interests and tastes in literature.
- Contributes to literature appreciation.
- Enriches children’s listening vocabularies, which are the reservoirs of words that feed the reading vocabulary pools.
- Children’s imaginations are free to roam since their eyes are not required top attend to print.
- Demonstrates the concepts of print in a shared reading context.
- Context for teacher modeling of reading strategies.
(Anderson, Hiebert, Scott & Wilkinson, 1985, p. 23)
(Trelease, J. 1995. The Read-Aloud Handbook)