Does reading to your kid matter if it's from a tablet instead of a book? Yes

Many children enjoy a nightly bedtime story, so does it matter whether you read from a screen or a book?

It may be tempting to turn to a tablet, recent study shows nothing beats an old fashioned print book.

Dr. Gregory Weaver of Cleveland Clinic Children's says results show the difference between old and new comes down to the amount of interaction between parent and child.

"When they observed children and parents interacting with a regular, sort of, soft-bound book, there was much more interaction between parents and children," he explained.

During the study when parents read print books to children, researchers observed more question and answering than when children were read an electronic book, and more discussions beyond the story on the pages.

When toddlers were read stories on electronic books or tablets, parent-child interactions were mostly about how to use the technology, and not about the story.

Dr. Weaver says electronic devices tend to lead us to an isolated experience with less human interaction. He says reading print books to toddlers is one of the best ways to teach them important language skills.

And it's not just looking at the words on the page and sounding them out, but the process of following the parents modeling how to speak and form the words.

Dr. Weaver says children learn by connecting different concepts together, and as you're physically reading a book turning the pages, it promotes back and forth discussions which are the cornerstones of learning.

"Children learn to read and develop a love or reading actually through the interaction with their loved ones, with teachers, and probably the most important teacher that's in their life, which is parents." 

The doctor says one of the best things you can do is to read out loud to your child and show them that you love to read too.