10 Great Reasons to Read to a Child Reading stimulates your child's imagination. Children learn lots of new words through reading. Reading builds a child's ability to concentrate. Children learn about the world through books. Reading builds a child's listening skills. Children gain awareness of letters and words. Children learn to appreciate the richness of language. Reading together brings you and your child closer. Children thrive on the positive attention at story time. You will give your child a lifelong love of books by reading aloud regularly. Reading aloud to your child 15 minutes a day brings all of the benefits above, as well as prepares your child for success in school. It’s never too late to begin.