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 ·  Jeffrey Brown, PBS Newshour   ·   Link to Article

JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally, a new call to parents and others today about the need for routine reading to the youngest of children, and its potential effect on literacy, language and well-being.

Jeff is back with that.

WOMAN: Where’s the duck?

JEFFREY BROWN: The nation’s largest pediatricians group is now formally urging parents to read aloud to their children daily from infancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics says doing so stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.

According to the academy, more than one in three American children start kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read. About two-thirds of children can’t read proficiently by the end of the third grade.

Read more of the transcript or watch the full video at PBS Newshour.