Which is a more reliable method of guaranteeing your child’s future educational achievement: Having a large number of books in your home or reading to your child every night from a young age?
We all, of course, know the importance of being able to read fluently.
It opens up a child’s ability to access all of the different subjects they will study at school, it is a skill that will be used every day of their lives and is a passport to their future (successful) careers.
That is not to mention the link between reading and creativity and imagination, the way in which reading helps build a wide and rich vocabulary or develop the skill of empathy. Then there is the entertainment to be enjoyed from a good book; reading for pleasure - pure and simple.
Read Gavin’s full article in today’s (3 April) people’s paper.