Reading is not just reading. It is a very different experience for a child to read silently to him/herself as opposed to reading aloud to someone. When reading aloud your child gets to practice reading with expression and with a pace that makes sense. Teachers are charged these days to incorporate a balance of time for students to practice reading to self, reading aloud with a partner, and then the teacher reading aloud to students providing some quality modeling.
I was talking with a friend recently and she brought up something I had never thought about before. Be There Bedtime Stories gives your child a great opportunity to read aloud and then be able to keep that snapshot of time forever. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to look back and see your now grown child reading as a first or fifth grader? Your child would also get a kick out of seeing themselves as a young reader the older they get.