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U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children from birth

 ·  Letitia Stein, Reuters   ·   Link to Article

Parents bringing infants to the doctor for routine immunizations and growth charting can expect to hear new advice from their pediatrician: Read to your baby every day.

Story time routines benefit even the youngest children, helping them to build vocabulary and communication skills critical to later success in school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Tuesday in a new policy statement.

For babies, literacy can begin with cuddle time and brightly colored books, the largest group of U.S. pediatricians advised. Rhyming, playing, talking and singing are among the age-appropriate activities promoting early literacy.

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