Children whose parents read to them get a head start on language skills and literacy, as well as lovely cuddle time with Mom or Dad. But many children miss out on that experience, with one-third of children starting kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.
So the nation's pediatricians are upping the ante, asking parents to start reading to their children when they're babies.
And pediatricians are becoming book purveyors, handing out books to families who might not have the resources to buy them.
In a policy statement released Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for pediatricians to talk with all parents about reading to their children starting in infancy, and to give books to "high-risk, low-income young children" at office visits.
Read more at NPR.