Reading aloud together is important for all the reasons that talking together is important -- inspiration, guidance, education, bonding, communication, understanding, and sharing. When people read together, they give each other a piece of their mind and a piece of their time, and that says a good deal about human worth. If your family doesn't read together already, why not start reading to them? Find something wonderfully funny, interesting, or beautiful and read it aloud to them. You'll come to know them in a new way.
-- Gladys Hunt, Read for Your Life, page 15
I couldn't have said it better myself.