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Parental health is related to whether preschool-aged children in King County are read to every day. 

Reading to young children promotes language development and sets the stage for success in school.  Listening to stories can help children build confidence and deal with their feelings.  In 2011, parents were asked how often in the previous week they or someone in their family had (a) read aloud to, and (b) told stories to each child age birth to 5 years.

Children were more likely to be read to daily if the respondent in their household reported excellent, very good, or good health.