The benefits of reading for kids and teens start in the brain as early as infancy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In a study they conducted in 2014, it was discovered that “reading exerts a positive effect on the developing brain” of children – even for those little ones who can’t read yet.
Not only do kids who are read to regularly when they’re little develop stronger relationships with their parents, they also begin learning valuable language and literacy skills earlier on in their development. Research also suggests that children who are read to when they’re small do better in school when they get older because they’re equipped with stronger comprehension and vocabulary skills.
Pleasure-reading on their own benefits older kids and teenagers, too. It helps them develop stronger social skills, vocabulary and writing skills, and helps them to better understand and process more complex ideas. Reading also expands their ability to build knowledge overall – not just in subjects like English and language arts.
Another bonus? Teens who read for fun are also better able to clarify their career goals and understand the consequences of risky behavior.