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Reading Aloud to Infants Spurs Development, Doctors Say

 ·  Marie French, Bloomberg Businessweek   ·   Link to Article

An infant checkup with your pediatrician may now come with advice to read aloud to your baby -- and a children’s book.

Pediatricians should educate parents about the benefits of reading with their children starting in infancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics said today in a policy statement. To promote the importance of reading aloud to children from birth, the doctors’ group is joining with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail program, book publisher Scholastic Inc. and Reach Out & Read, a nonprofit.

“These first days, weeks and months of life are critical,” Hillary Clinton said today at a conference sponsored by the foundation in Denver. “Those of you who have ever read a bedtime story or had a conversation with a toddler or engaged in singing songs know what it’s like when those faces light up.’”

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