Several studies have established that there is a strong link between reading stories and child literacy.
Research carried out by educationists Anne Cunningham and Keith Stanovich found out that the amount of books children are exposed to has profound impact on their cognitive development. The more books they read, the more they comprehend various texts. In fact learners with limited reading skills will build vocabulary and thinking skills much quicker through reading. If a child is successful in reading at earlier age, the reading culture gets inculcated in them hence they become life-long readers of fiction work and other texts.
Similar research by USA Department of Education found out that reading stories with younger children for 30 minutes, 6 days per week improves a child’s reading ability by almost one year. Parents who read with/to their children can greatly enhance their vocabularies. Preschoolers with large vocabularies tend to become proficient readers. In their research, they found that students with higher reading scores were more likely to report 4 types of reading material in their homes — at least 25 books, and encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers. So the availability of storybooks and other supplementary and the drive to have children read them increases their vocabulary and they because avid readers.
These and many more studies are in agreement that reading enhances the vocabulary and cognitive abilities of children and the end game is that such children will eventually be lifelong lovers of books.
Also, reading for pleasure while young is highly correlated to improved employability, career progress and social class standing. Furthermore, reading storybooks nurtures the child’s imagination, creativity and critical thinking. This means that if children are given access to storybooks and instilled with a reading culture, it will go a long way in improving their academic performance and success in life.