Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father. It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under Communism, capitalism, and Apartheid; and most strongly in China. Data are from representative national samples in 27 nations, with over 70,000 cases, analyzed using multi-level linear and probit models with multiple imputation of missing data.
I truly can’t remember a time when I didn’t read. We always had books in our home and at a very young age, my mother enrolled me in a Children’s Book Club – a book mailed to me once a month, which I would immediately unwrap and then devour!
Also can’t recall when I didn’t have a library card; my mother and I would trek to the library almost daily to check out books.
When I became a mother, I think the library was probably one of the first outings for my children. Board Books, Cloth Books, and comic books of the 1960s were on every surface of our home from the time the kids could focus their eyes! [Our oldest son was Latin Student of Texas one year – forget the year – and he mentioned that it was the Classics Comic Books he read as a child that initially piqued his interest in the classics.]
We had a house full of readers!
An aside: Oldest Son did graduate from comic books to True Classics! In fact, (much to Dear Husband’s chagrin), he majored in the Classics at the University of Texas.
Our daughter and youngest two sons also had/have a talent for writing and I think that can be attributed to their love of reading.