According to the Literacy Project Foundation, “Children exposed to fewer colors, less touch, little interaction with adults, fewer sights and sounds, and less language, actually have smaller brains.” Open a book and read to your child. As their vocabulary builds, you’ll see that reading to them helps so much more in the long run.
When you introduce books to children, let them pick what they want to read. I got to pick what I wanted to read every time, and while it makes it a little difficult to read books that are assigned to me, I know what I like. Students who choose what they read and have an informal environment in which to read tend to be more motivated, read more and show greater language and literacy development.