Great article. It’s amazing how something as simple as reading is so beneficial for our children. Moms can do it, Dads can do it, Grandparents, older siblings, babysitters.
The neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon mapped the brain while people read fiction and found that the same brain networks are engaged while imagining a fictional story in your mind’s eye as when you witness it in real life.
When you are engaged in reading a fictional story your brain is literally living vicariously through the characters in the story at a neurobiological level which can make children more empathetic to another person’s pain and suffering.