Not only is it totally enjoyable sharing a story with a child, but research is showing that it can develop strong neural connections in the child’s brain. Reading has a strong influence on cognitive development. It exercises the brain, improves concentration, increases vocabulary and later on improves their grades in school. By stimulating a child’s imagination they are able to learn about people and places outside their own experience. According to a study done at New York University School of Medicine, children who are read to are able to develop empathy by imagining they are in a similar situation and are able to feel what a character is feeling. It can also be responsible for curbing later problems such as aggression, hyperactivity and difficulty with attention. Phones and tablets take little space and make it so easy to sit in a park with your child and start reading an e-book.