The Benefits of Reading to Your Young Child

Published on in CHOP News

Mom reading to a young childReading can open a world of imagination for a child, encourage bonding between families, and help kids develop the skills they need to succeed in school. 6ABC spoke with Gabriela Marein-Efron, MD, MHS, about the importance of reading with your child, starting in infancy.

"People say to me — read to babies? They don't understand the words." Dr. Gabriella Marein-Efron hears this from some of her patients’ parents, but she emphasizes reading is still very important. "Even though it may not seem like the child is listening, they really are.”

You can watch the segment online, including a Spanish version for Spanish-speaking families (include at the bottom of the page).