Fig A:  This 3-D image of the posterior left hemisphere—the side typically dominant for language—features a bright area of increased brain activation when children listen to stories read to them. The activated area is the parietal-temporaloccipital multi-modal association cortex, a hub for integrating multi-sensory inputs. This study indicates that children with greater exposure to books and shared reading at home tend to be better at self-generating the visual images associated with imagination and narrative comprehension.

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This is a Child’s Brain on Books: How Reading to Children Can Shape the Developing Brain

Educators and pediatricians have long encouraged parents to read early and often to infants and preschoolers. Now research from the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center (RLDC) shows why this good habit can be good for the brain.

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