My great-niece and her dad:
Look at her focus on the book her dad is reading to her. The picture was taken when she was two months old. Kids are sponges. Their brains are wired to learn from day one. Kids whose parents read and talk to them hear millions more words before kindergarten than kids whose parents do not, and no, TV does not count. They come to school with the building blocks necessary for formal learning.
Brightly has a great post up: Why Dad's Should Read With Their Kids by Tom Burns. Don't think all the benefits accrue to the kids.
For dessert, a PSA from Reading is Fundamental Your Voice, Their Imagination. I love the visuals the kids are creating from their surroundings as they listen to the story.