As an African-American parent, you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential simply by making reading an integral part of their lives. For African-American kids, reading at an early age allows them to start their life on a good foot. Why? What are specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child would receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Academic excellence. Basic speech skills. Better communication skills. Enhanced concentration and discipline. . Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways.