Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?

G. Kalb, J.C. van Ours

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Abstract: This paper investigates the importance of parents reading to their young children. Using Australian data we find that parental reading to children at age 4 to 5 has positive and significant effects on reading skills and cognitive skills of these children at least up to age 10 or 11. Our findings are robust to a wide range of sensitivity analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • Reading to children
  • reading skills
  • other cognitive skills


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