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Reading for just 10 minutes a day exposes children to more than 600,000 words in one year. The benefit of this word exposure is immense—reading more improves a child’s performance in general knowledge, vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency and spelling.

Getting kids to read independently for pleasure requires a few key components: Access to quality books, being able to choose their own reading material and having good reading role models around the home.

Despite the extensive benefits of families reading together, research has found that, while 84% of parents start reading to their child before they turn six, one in five parents stop reading to their child before then. Conversely, of those children whose parents no longer read books aloud at home, more than half did not want their parents to stop.

So, how do you cultivate a lifetime reading habit with your child? Take the Reading Challenge this May and see what happens!

Here’s some more great tips to help you on your family reading journey...

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