Educator Jim Trelease says that a child’s reading level catches up to their listening level only in eighth grade. Read his article here. This article at http://www.greatschools.org explores some of the benefits of reading aloud to children.
Trelease also makes the point that the way you talk about the books you read can be important. It helps to draw connections, synthesize learning, and apply information and ideas to personal experiences.
Books provide a gentle way for parents to open conversations, share values, and discuss expectations. There are so many incredible books available that interest children and adults. Stories have historically been a way to education children, and that hasn’t changed over time. And, if children listen better than they read, reading aloud is the way to go.