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Nurturing Young Readers

By Too Small to Fail

Did you know that one of the most impactful ways you can help your child develop language skills is by reading to him or her every day?

Reading aloud to your little one helps develop parts of the brain that are key for early literacy, which is a predictor of academic success later one. In addition to boosting early language skills, reading together can be a great opportunity to bond with your child, and even develop his or her social-emotional skills!

While using simple words helps children master basic language learning, exposing them to bigger and more sophisticated words found in books helps grow their vocabulary and develop communication skills. These new words enable them express their thoughts and feelings in healthy ways. And what’s more, when you read aloud or even point to and label the pictures to your little ones, they learn that books are enjoyable and reading is a fun activity shared with people they love. 

It’s never too early to read to your little one and your local library is filled with books for your family to borrow. When you read to your children from the earliest years, you’re helping them develop a love and appreciation for books and reading that can last a lifetime.

Here are a few resources to guide you in picking and sharing books with your children:

You can also find information about the benefits of early literacy and tips on sharing books with your child in the Books Build Connections Toolkit we created in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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To help support early math skills for young learners, Too Small to Fail partnered with ZERO TO THREE on a series of videos highlighting the foundation of early math skills in the first five years of life, and fun activities parents and caregivers can use to support this learning as part of a daily routine. Our latest videos focus on patterns, measurement, addition and subtraction, and are available in both Spanish and English!

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