Crib notes: Want successful kids? Read to them

By Dana Macario

Do you read to your child: regularly, often, or not at all? Some say that your answer to that question may have more to do with predicting your kid’s academic success than anything else. When it comes to scholastic achievement, we often look to the quality of teachers and improving schools in hopes of raising America’s academic standing in the world. However, recent studies show that parental involvement is the greatest determinant of kids’ success in school. Reading to young children has been shown to give kids a significant performance advantage. Some even say that parents who simply ask kids about their school day, have as much impact as hours of private tutoring (and hey, it’s a lot cheaper, too). While we all knew that reading to kids is important, it’s incredible to realize just how important it actually is. What is your favorite children’s book?