In a word: Yes!Children are creatures of pleasure, just like us. If they enjoy something and have positive experiences with it, they will continue to do that activity. If they don’t like it, they will avoid it.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2000 national reading assessment of fourth-grade students found that reading for fun had a positive relationship to performance on reading scores.
87% of students who reported reading for fun on their own time once a month or more performed at the Proficient level. Students who never or hardly ever read for fun performed at the Basic level.
So basically this means that students who read for fun every day scored the highest.
The U.S. Department of Education found that children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading than children who were read to less than three times a week. There is a cumulative effect to reading with your child regularly.
Here is a fact sited by Terry Doherty, Executive Director of the Reading Tub in his article "Is Something as Simple as Reading With My Child Worth It?" that will interest you:
Children who have been read to several times a day as a young child, did substantially better in kindergarten than youngsters whose parents read to them a few times a week or less often.
*The group of children who were read to on a daily basis were 1.6 times as likely to be rated by their teachers as being near the top of their kindergarten class in learning skills, and 2.3 times as likely to be near the top of their class in communication skills.
It IS Worth It!