Ask others to read to your child
Why? You will share the joy of reading and show your child it is a significant part of their relationships and community. Children thrive when they are routinely read to, immersed in rich talk about books, and engaged in various activities. Children with less exposure to books face tougher learning challenges in school and beyond.*
How? When considering child care, make sure books are available and there are reading times. Instruct your daycare provider to read to your child at least once a day. Ask family and friends to read to your child often and talk about books with them. Establishing a reading routine takes teamwork!
Did you know? When children are read three stories a day, by the time they enter first grade they will have heard more than 6,000 books.*
*Campbell F., Ramey, C., Pungello, E., Sparling, J., & Miller-Johnson, S. (2002). Early childhood education: Young adult outcomes from the Abecedarian project. Applied Developmental Science, 6, 42-57. Dickinson, D. McCabe, A, & Essex, M. (2006) Cognitive and linguistic building blocks of early literacy. In Dickinson, D., & Newman, S., (Eds). Handbook of early literacy research, Vol. 2. New York, NY: Guilford.
** Jairrels, V. (2009). African Americans and standardized tests: The real reason for low test scores. Sauk Village, IL: African American Images.