The evidence is overwhelming. Introducing a child to reading gives them one of the most important personal habits they’ll need to have a successful career and a happy, productive life.
1. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of getting children off to an early successful start in reading. —What Reading Does for the Mind
2. 15 minutes a day of independent reading can equal one million or more words in a year.
3. Reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over six points.
4. Daily reading to children puts them almost one year ahead of those who are not being read to.
5. Children without basic literacy skills when they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out later.
6. For the majority of young people, enthusiastic and habitual reading is the single most predictive personal habit for the ability to achieve desirable life outcomes. —After School Literacy Brief
7. The U.S. Dept. of Education maintains that avid readers promotes speech, confidence, memorization, better skills acquisition, superior grades, and a desirable life as measured by income, profession, and employment.
8. Good readers often have more financially rewarding jobs.
9. Children who read 3,000 words per day will be in the top 2% of standardized tests. Children who read 20 words per day will be in the bottom 2% of standardized tests.