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To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy

 ·  Audie Cornish, NPR - All Things Considered   ·   Link to Article

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. Read to your children. This isn't the first time you've heard that advice. But now parents with infants will start hearing it officially from pediatricians starting from birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidance today for parents to quote, "immunize their children against illiteracy."

To find out more, I spoke with Susan Neuman, Professor of Early Childhood and Literacy Education at New York University. She says, this all might sound obvious but researchers have found there's even more to it.

SUSAN NEUMAN: We've always known that it's important to read to your children very early on, but we've never realized how important it is, very early on, that children's early literacy lessons are so critically important for their literacy development.

Read more at All Things Considered.