Whether you or your kiddo are total bookworms, you’ll want to pay attention, as a new study examining how well children read has yielded some surprising results. Researchers looked at more than 11,000 twins to assess the connection between how well and how much kiddos read.

The new research, recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that how much a child reads may not be indicative of a child’s reading level. In other words, making your child read more to become a better reader isn’t likely to work. Instead, this study found the opposite, that it’s a child’s reading ability that might actually determine how much they read.

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What exactly could this new research mean for your little reader? Well, it could mean lots of things. It might mean that pushing book after book on your child won’t necessarily increase their ability to read—or, it might. It could mean that the fact your child chooses to read all the time indicates that they have excellent skills in this area—or, it might not.

When it comes down to it, reading ability and frequency are linked in some way or another. Whether one influences the other, or vice versa might not matter to you or your child. Instead, the issue at hand should be that your child reads at all, right?

What do you think of this research? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

—Erica Loop

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