Read to Children Beginning at Birth

ReadingToChildrenThe American Academy of Pediatrics will announce a new policy directing doctors to tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth.

Per the New York Times, “With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor.”

Reading, talking and singing are all considered important in increasing the number of words children hear and know at the earliest ages, creating distinct advantages when they begin school.

This should be reason enough to visit your local library.

Click here for the entire New York Times article.

– posted by Ed, Reference Services



10 thoughts on “Read to Children Beginning at Birth”

    1. If only this message could reach those that really need to know…I am referring to the marginalized, those affected by poverty and the illiterate in society…I guess this is where the third sector comes in…so, we need to set up more not for profits or NGOs as they are called in my neck of wood.

  1. I think this is a great idea. Listening to the adults around them speak is the mechanism by which babies pick up baby talk and eventually speech. Given how little adults read aloud in daily life now, at least starting from birth will allow a little bit of practice before it needs to be perfect! The linguistic and educational benefits aside, it’s a great way to create a bond between parents and child, and to re-establish the specialness of bedtime which has eroded in the cable TV / internet age.

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