Learning to read doesn’t just happen. Nurturing a love of books and helping children develop pre-literacy skills is an important part of development, and librarians and educators have been pushing for early literacy programs for years. Now that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended reading aloud to children from birth, we’re in good company.
The statement released on Tuesday from the AAP explained that:
Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.
That is why it is so important to have books in the home from day one. With the AAP recommending that physicians begin (or continue) reading to babies during their wellness visits, this may encourage more people to start developing home book collections from birth. This can be done for free by checking out books from the library or signing up for the fantastic Imagination Library to give kids a head start.
Reading is Fundamental: has set some attainable and research based literacy milestones that can help guide parents on what to look for as their child develops.
Baby Bounce: The first Friday and second Monday of every month, the Moline Public Library provides a program geared at children birth to 18 months and an adult. Focused on pre-literacy skills, the program is filled with songs, books, play, and other fun!
Every Child Ready to Read: Provides research based practices for parents or caregivers to help build literacy skills in children from birth to age five.