There's no doubt about it, the simple act of reading stories provides many immediate and long-term benefits. At IngeniousEd., we consistently encourage parents to have their children read books. Of course, children who are not yet independent readers can still benefit from being read to by a parent or older sibling. As we know, children who read regularly or who are read to, will gain exposure to valuable vocabulary words that are not often encountered in daily conversation or through TV. This has so many positive effects that relate to overall academic success as well as improved communication skills (both oral and written).
We found this lovely Infographic that highlights the "Power of Stories" (from nalibali.org) and demonstrates all the wonderful benefits that reading has on our lives.