Books Build Brains

November 28, 2017

Recent research proves what so many teachers have suspected for years: books literally help to build brains.

Scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study what was going on in preschoolers’ brains as they listened to stories. They found that children with parents who read to them regularly and had more books in the home literally showed more brain activity when listening to an age-appropriate story: the fMRI showed significantly greater activation in the parts of the brain that support imagery and narrative comprehension as well as the part that processes visual association. This, despite the fact that the children were just listening to a story and could not see any pictures.

So keep going to the library and keep reading books. Provide a literacy-rich environment and help build the brains around you.