Is it enough just to read to your child though? The research says “no”. It isn’t just the mere act of reading that promotes stronger vocabulary and comprehension skills. Instead it is the way that you read to your child and how you discuss books. Look at the pictures and ask questions about what is happening in the book. Point out new vocabulary and ask what they mean. Discuss the elements of the story: who are the characters, what is the setting, what happened at the beginning, middle, and end, what did they learn from the story? These are just a few things that you can do as you read.
What else can you do to promote literacy in the home? Be a model for your child and pick up a book and read for your own enjoyment. Make grocery lists together, write notes, discuss what they are reading at school, etc. All of these things will build stronger and better readers.