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Preschool-aged children most likely to be read to every day are those whose parents are non-Hispanic White, born in the U.S., and whose native language is English.

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.

Several characteristics of respondents were significantly related to daily reading to children in their household. Children were more likely to be read to daily if their parent or guardian …

  •  …was non-Hispanic White.
  • …spoke English as their primary language.
  • …was born in the United States.