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Building Empathy Through Reading Aloud

February 13, 2017

Reading aloud to children can help them expand their vocabulary and language skills, as well as help them practice and experience empathy.

Executive Director and Founder of LitWorld Pam Allyn believes reading aloud together and discussing characters, themes, and ideas creates an important sense of community and belonging. A 2013 study at Harvard University found that the act of reading fiction has a positive correlation with emotional intelligence.

Empathy is as important as literacy. When we read with a child, we are doing so much more than teaching him to read or instilling in her a love of language. We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something that we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human (Brightly).

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