The following article is a beautiful encouragement for parents, and we hope teachers as well. We have been encouraging teachers at all levels to read aloud to their students, many of whom will never experience it otherwise:
Both grown-ups and children are missing something when there is no reading aloud. The children's loss is hateful to contemplate: the fabulous illustrations they will not see, the esoteric vocabulary they may never hear, the thrilling epics they will never embark upon. But grown-ups lose too: They forgo a precious point of sustained connection and a lot of goofy fun (one friend's father used to read The Happy Lion in a John Wayne drawl), as well as the opportunity to pass on literary favorites.