Reading aloud to children is one of the most effective routines for raising reading achievement and building a love of reading. When an adult reads to a child, he models fluent reading, a love of reading, and develops in the child comprehension skills. The child is exposed to new authors and text types, new words, and new ideas. Children learn to feel empathy for others as they explore the world from another perspective. Snuggling up with a loved one and a book reinforces a feeling of connection, safety, and love (something our children need now more than ever).