She would cite some studies and tell us anecdotes, but she just couldn't overemphasize that we should read to our kids.
My mom read to me A LOT when I was little. And I always had a wall of books in my room. And any book I asked for, she would buy me. I had BOXES of books in addition to my wall. And I just passed the bar exam in TWO2TWO states.
Not so much with my sister. And we've all home-diagnosed her with some form of adult ADD/ADHD.
So, I'm gonna go with... this NYTimes article is probably onto something.
READ. TO. YO. KIDS.