English is a hard language to learn. Nearly every rule about English usage has exceptions. (The plural of house is houses, but the plural of city is cities. When do I add an "s" and when do I add an "ies?" ) And when your parents are not native English speakers, it's even harder. Reading to kids exposes these students to hearing the English language in all of its glory--don't get me started on its vs. it's. We run to buy books that we read to the kids and then give them an another prize book to take home.