Reading  well is an important part of the success of your child. With over 30% of Americans functionally illiterate, parents do well to provide good books for their children. Too much time watching television can result in a child not being able to read will. This will put him or her at a disadvantage for the rest of their lives.

On the other hand children who learn from an early age to learn to read well, and understand what they are reading, will do better on tests, will be better prepared to be self-sufficient, and will be more likely to have better-paying jobs. Michigan State University Health System states, “A child's reading skills are important to their success in school and work. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.“

Parents also need to consider the content of what their children read. Books can have a positive impact on molding a child’s personality if parents choose books wisely. Positive values can be imparted through books and life lessons. Biographies of successful persons or role models can provide a human glimpse into history, as well as provide models of success of benefit to children through the young adult years.

Additionally, reading helps a child develop language skills. Reading is Fundamental states, “Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.”

You can help your baby from their first year to learn to love and find security in books. Read to the baby and help your baby touch and feel the texture of the books, make reading fun from the first year of a child’s life through his or her infancy. The Children’s Reading Foundation encourages parents to read with their child 20 minutes each day. Reading with your child can be a bonding experience with them.

By all means, prepare your child for a successful future, by helping him or her to be an avid reader. There is a measure of truth in the statement, “A reader is a leader”.

References for Reading Well Positively Impacts a Child's Future:

1. 100 - Plus Best Books for Children and Teens, (February 2012) .  Association for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology (AYCNP).

2. Reading, Literacy and Your Child, 2010. University of Michigan Health System.

3. Reading With Your Child. Reading is Fundamental. (Retrieved February 24, 2012).

4. The Children's Reading Foudation. (Retrieved February 24, 2012).