How reading helps young children

How reading helps young children


I am four, and started full time school last month. I am in the Early Years Unit, but am already learning all about numbers, letters and more. I have loved books and being read to all my little life. Did you know how reading helps young children from being a baby?

How reading helps young children

Mummy says I am like a little sponge, soaking up everything around me, thirsty to learn more every day. I have been like this for ever, as are most children. Reading helps young children in so many ways, here are some of the benefits and brilliant tips from Bright Horizons preschool in Teddington. This preschool is open 5 days a week from 6.30am – 6pm for children from 3 months old to 5 years. It has excellent access to London transport links and boasts four stimulating rooms, each designed with a specific age group in mind, from babies to pre-school children as well as a large, secure outdoor play area.


There are some great books here, one of my all time favourites is Room on the Broom – my older brother used to love it too.

Do you read to your little ones? What are your favourite books?


This is a collaborative post.


  1. Such a lovely post. Reading with children is such an important part of growing up and learning 🙂

  2. My kids love to read, there are many benefits

  3. My little man has Autism so has barely shown any interest in books but he has started looking at Room on a Broom sometimes
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  4. My son is 8 and really struggles with English sand the teachers have said lots and lots of reading both us reading to him and him to us . We are hoping it’s not anything more serious and we make sure that we read everyday
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  5. Love this post. I am a firm believer in reading to little ones, starting when they are really little. x
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  6. I read as a child and I love doing it now too. The problem we had was finding things I would like ti read. Although the very hungry caterpillar was my favourite when I was very young.

    Fiona xx

  7. These are great tips, thanks for sharing them! I love reading with children, it’s so rewarding.

  8. Learning about how children’s brains develop was one of my favourite parts of my Neuroscience degree 🙂 It’s amazing how young (like, before they’re even born!) reading to babies has benefits!
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  9. Thanks for posting this! Reading to infants and small children is so important. My mother read to me everyday when I was a baby and began teaching me to read at 3. I think that’s why I’m in love with writing to this day.
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  10. Yep, reading gives children a great head start. My boys loved Richard Scarry books when they were little.
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  11. Love reading to little ones
    Unfortunately some of my friends dont understand how important it is to a child’s development

  12. We love books in our house and have a pretty extensive library already including books from our past and new ones!
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  13. I used to love reading to my son when he was little and then helping him to read when he was older.
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  14. Totally agree, reading with children is so important for development! I often buy my nephew new books! xo

  15. I never thought reading to babies, but they say that pregnant women often listen to certain music for particular reasons. This is thoroughly interesting and just shows starting anything early has great effects x
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  16. aww such a lovely postttt….. i have just started reading with my 13month lil one and we both have lots of fun 🙂

  17. That’s great infographic. It’s so important to read to little ones and my four all have favourite books. My favourites to read are always Julia Donaldson’s as she makes it all flow so beautifully. Every time I read one of her books to the children, we end up singing. As for the children, if they choose, they always pick The Book with No Pictures. It’s all about “Boo Boo Butt!”
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  18. My daughter is so inclined with reading. I never pushed her but encouraging her. I think that is a big help.

  19. This is such a useful post and it made me feel good to know that I’m doing well but doing so much reading with Lily. It’s honestly one of my very favourite things to do with her, she is always a little bookworm! xx

  20. I always loved reading as a kids so it’s always lovely when you can pass that love on! It’s great to know that there really are so many benefits!

  21. I have always read to my son ever since he was tiny. I still like to read to him most nights now and we notice a big difference on his school work when I read to (and with) him consistently.

  22. Great post. Reading to children does help massively.

  23. This is absolutely a great post, I’m so glad that you share this with us. I will share this with my sister

  24. Wonderful post – reading truly is an important part of children’s development and it’s also a great way to spend quality time with your children. Kindles, iPhone and iPad’s have all made it easier than ever to have all your favourite books on the go – so no matter where you are (bus, park, home), you can have them with you!
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  25. I love reading to my son and always make sure we have quality reading time during the day as well as before bed.

  26. Such a great post. Iv read to my daughter from day one of her being born. Even though she didn’t understand it I know she liked the sound of my voice. She’s now 2 and absoloutly loves reading. She will pick oit certain words from books, she understands them and loves to sit there at night and fall asleep with me reading.

  27. When I was 4 years old my 10 year old sister taught me how to read. Now it’s 50 years later and I still love to read. I taught my children to read too.

  28. I always read to and with my daughter, we love That’s not my penguin.

  29. Some of my fondest memories as a child are reading with my parents. It’s so important. I don’t give kids toys (they probably hate me haha) my go-to gift for holidays and birthdays are books.

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