New Delhi: Reading aloud to children at an
early age helps in seeding in them a love for books and makes
them into avid readers, according to a new study.
The survey by children's publishing house Scholastic India
was conducted across the country among 1,752 parents and
children from different age groups.
According to the study, one of the most powerful
predictors of reading frequency in children aged 6-17 years is
being read to by parents 5-7 days a week. The reason cited was
that that was a "special time with parents."
"Across all ages, 85 per cent of children love being read
to aloud, and among kids aged 6-11 years whose parents have
stopped the practice, more than half, 57 per cent, wish their
parents had continued," it stated.
The benefits of the practice, as observed by parents,
include a rapid development in vocabulary and language skills.
"The love of reading can transform a child's prospects for
success and this report underscores the importance of reading
for pleasure while also providing insight into how we can
encourage even more children to read more frequently," Neeraj
Jain, Managing Director, Scholastic India said.