Books in the home build foundational skills, and kids are learning the following when they are read to: Alphabetic knowledge. Being able to identify the letters of the alphabet upon entering kindergarten gives them a jump start. Phonemic awareness. If they already understand and have been inundated with how letters sound, they are ahead of the pack. Rapid naming. If before age five they can rattle off shapes, colors, princesses, heroes, it indicates a foundational skill. Recall. When you read to a child and engage with them about the content of what you are reading, they will build listening comprehension, which will aid them from the beginning of their school days.