Reading to Your Baby Early, and Often, to Promote Literacy

Many parents have been advised to reduce the amount to which young children are exposed to screen media entertainment, but few have been told to replace that screen time with reading time.

Pediatricians now recommend parents read to their children from the time they are born. From a young age, a routine bedtime story involving rhyming, playing, talking and singing has been proven to promote early literacy. Early literacy can then influence the starting point of children once entering pre-school, which further translated into future educational achievement. Despite the associated benefits, pediatricians still see a need for improvement.

Even the most affluent family can be distracted from interacting with their baby,” Dr. Danette Glassy, co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s Council on Early Childhood,  said. “They can entertain their babies in non-human ways with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos that interfere with their development.”

The 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health found that only 60% of children from higher-income families and 33% children of families below the poverty line were read to on a daily basis.  By promoting reading to children from a young age, parents not only improve language development skills but also new ways of interacting as a family.


Read more here- “Pediatricians Recommend Parents Read to Kids From Birth,” (Reuters)

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Olivia is a graduate of Villanova University where she studied Economics and History, minoring in Gender and Women's Studies. She also has experience working with federal legislatures on health care policy, women's issues, and Internet safety.


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