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June 2018Vol. 19, No. 5Tip Sheet for Dads Highlights the Benefits of Reading to Children

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, recently published a tip sheet for fathers on the benefits of reading to their children. It emphasizes the importance of reading, the impact it has on child development (e.g., doing better in school), and reading as an opportunity to bond with their child. The tips are actionable and straightforward. They stress how to read to your child and focusing on the quality of the time spent with the child over the quantity.

The tips include the following:

  • Read to your children every day.
  • Think of reading or storytelling as bonding time.
  • Let your children pick books that are interesting to them.
  • Use apps and technology, such as FaceTime or Skype, to read to children and help with their literacy.
  • Read words aloud to children when out together.

It also includes a lists of resources for dads, such as websites with suggestions for children's books and tools and programs to help children learn to read.

The tip sheet, NRFC Tips for Dads: The Benefits of Reading to Your Children, is available at