“A little more than a year ago, the American
Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement
saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion,
starting at birth.
That means pediatricians taking care of infants
and toddlers should routinely be advising parents
about how important it is to read to even very young children. The policy
statement, which I wrote with Dr. Pamela C. High, included a review of the
extensive research on the links between growing up with books and reading
aloud, and later language development and school success”
“Dialogic reading works. Children who have been read to
dialogically are substantially ahead of children who have been read to
traditionally on tests of language development. Children can jump ahead by
several months in just a few weeks of dialogic reading.From Reading Rockets
Over a third of children in the U.S.
enter school unprepared to learn. They lack the vocabulary, sentence structure,
and other basic skills that are required to do well in school. Children who
start behind generally stay behind – they drop out, they turn off. Their lives
are at risk.
Why are so many children deficient in
the skills that are critical to school readiness?
Children's experience with books plays
an important role. Many children enter school with thousands of hours of
experience with books. Their homes contain hundreds of picture books. They see
their parents and brothers and sisters reading for pleasure. Other children
enter school with fewer than 25 hours of shared book reading. There are few if
any children's books in their homes. Their parents and siblings aren't readers….”