Reading to a Child Promotes...

Better Reading Skills

Reading to a child helps them to understand the concept of interpreting letters into sounds and combining them to form words. The more they are read to, the better association they can make between written and spoken language.

For instance, if a child is read a book about the alphabet, they will begin to understand there is a connection between the colorful lines on the page and the odd sounds being made by the person reading them. 

Storyline Comprehension

When children are read to and can follow along, it gives them a better grasp of how words form a story. They may have an easier time understanding the story from beginning to end, and imagining what is going on within the world of the book. 

The example of the alphabet book does not apply to this concept. Unless is it Uncle Shelby's ABZ's by Shel Silverstein, which is a book for adults, and should never be read to a child. 

More Accurate Spelling

Especially if the child follows along with the book as it is being read, they will be able to more easily associate which characters make which sounds. If they do this often, they may have an easier time with phonetics and how a word is constructed. 

Growing up, my husband did not read much, although not for the lack of his mother trying. He has an MBA and difficulty spelling the word 'Business' (Usually: Buiseness, which spellcheck does not recognize).... He still doesn't read much.


The more knowledge a child has of current events, history, how-to, and humans in general, intelligence tends to follow - along with a willingness to learn. Imagination also plays a key role in developing minds, giving them the means to "think outside the box."

If you think of math problems that are given as stories (e.g. If a train is moving at 30mph, where is the taco truck?), if a child is able to comprehend the question, he will be able to answer it more easily. 

(The answer is: Chicago)

For one thing, trains can move a lot faster than 30mph these days. I went on a bullet train in Tokyo, Japan in 2013. I don't remember it decelerating; only starting at 140mph then stopped upon arrival. The taco truck question refers to the one you saw in the previous question on the test. See? A trick question. That is why you have to read!

Better Life Choices

Intelligence tends to lead to better life choices and common sense. Outside influences, including people and books, are the most important factor in a child's understanding of right and wrong. Parents need to be vigilant in their own behavior and pay attention to the behavior of others nearby that may effect a child. This impacts everything from the language they use to the friends they choose. 

You can make a difference in your child's choices of friends too! This is done by closing the door before the other child walks into your home.... Like a vampire, they must be invited in. 

This can also be done by home-schooling your child and never taking them places. The less time they spend away from the house, the less of a chance they will have of 'bad kids' finding their way to your doorstep. 

Parental Involvement

The more time a parent spends with their child (reading or doing other learning/fun activities), through this, more trust and a better relationship can be established. A loving and respectful relationship with your own child can develop into deeper trust and understanding of each other (until the teenage years). 

However, there is such a thing as 'smothering' a child with constant attention and never allowing them to make their own choices, in which case they will never be able to live on their own, cook their own food, wash their own clothes, or pay their own bills. They will live in your basement until you die. Then they will move upstairs. By then, the house will be paid for. 

This is assuming you left them some money to cover groceries and utilities. If this is your parenting style, I suggest taking out a Life Insurance Policy, or they will surely die (shortly after the food you had in the fridge goes bad). 

Provoked & Unprovoked Thoughts

JEDiPalo: The Blog

My blog about life as an Author, Mom, Wife, and [Introverted] Human Being*.

*May or may not include posts about migraines, my son's Tae Kwon Do, whining, and/or everyday hassles. Probably the Florida heat.

(That is me in the photo to the left. It it's a pretty great picture, taken after eating WAY too much at a party in a Brazilian restaurant, and having a little wine....)

Literary Inspiration

A Few of My Favorite Books... the tip of the Iceberg.

This is my list of books and authors that have shaped and inspired me the most as a writer. There are few books in this list that I have not read with my 10-year-old son (as denoted with an asterisk), most we just haven't gotten to yet, some are not age-appropriate, others I hope will never make it on the school reading list. 

I wish I could name every book I've ever enjoyed, but it would take hours for you to read it. Your time will be better-spent reading a book than this post. ☺ *Read my book. That is time well-spent.*

I am a big advocate for reading to your children. Do not mistake this as an offer- I have my own child to read to. #ReadToYourChildren #DIY #BuyMyBook #ItsALittlePG13 #MaybeTheyCanReadItWhenTheyreOlder

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • * Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello by Williams Shakespeare
  • * The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
  • * The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  • * Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Lorax, The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, etc. by Dr. Seuss (I've loved just about anything he's written)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • The Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, Every Thing on It, Falling Up, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    • The Missing Piece (by far my favorite Shel Silverstein)
  • * The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • *(Definitely have not read these with my son...)  Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal by Thomas Harris
    • I plan on reading Hannibal Rising soon
  • * The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer 
    • For better or worse, I'm not positive - and I'm not sure my son 'needs' to read these. On a more personal note: Vampires without fangs piss me off.
  • The Inheritance Cycle: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini 
    • (Reading in progress; currently nearing the end of Inheritance)
  • * Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
    • I own and have not yet read A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, and An Author's Odyssey. My son and I are going to finish reading the Eragon books
  • Skywriting by Word of Mouth by John Lennon
  • ** Indelible by J.E.DiPalo

**Denotes a book that my son has read, and I have not. 

This IS an endorsement for each of these titles (except Twilight, which I am glad I read to understand what people like, and how not to write. Unfortunately, I have also read all three Fifty Shades books and do not recommend them to anyone, ever. Notice they did not make the list).

(Photo taken by J.E.DiPalo in Kyoto, Japan in December 2013)

I Also Recommend:

My mom, Dr. Mary T. Newport, MD's medical non-fiction book, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure garnered her world-wide acclaim that has taken her from our home in Florida across the world! She has been invited to speak across the US, Canada, England, Greece, France, Germany, Japan, China, and most recently Thailand. 

Her second book, The Coconut Oil & Low-Carb Solution for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Other Diseases was released at the end of 2015. 

For more information regarding my mom's books and my dad's life, please see the next page on my site, Reality...