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Parents in Seattle were more likely than those in East Region both to read aloud and to tell stories to their preschool-aged children.

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.

  • King County parents were more likely to read to their preschool-aged children every day than to tell them stories.  The same pattern was found in Seattle and East Region.
  • Children living in Seattle were more likely than those living in the East Region to be read to daily, and to be told stories daily.