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Reading to Your Babe Is Important

Reach Out and Read to Your Babes

If started early on in life, reading is a fun activity most kids will learn to love. My husband and I have been reading to our 15–month–old nearly every day since she was born. I even packed On the Day You Were Born in my hospital suitcase.

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national non-profit organization who, along with pediatricians, promotes early literacy. Together they encourage parents to start reading aloud to their children at an early age and provide the tools to help the process.

To learn about the benefits of reading and ROR,


As part of pediatric primary care, doctors emphasize the importance of reading aloud to their young children. Starting at six-month check–ups, the pediatricians give books to their patients until they reach age five. And, in the instance that a parent is unable to read, ROR refers the parents to adult literacy organizations so they may learn how to read before their babes do.

ROR research shows:

Babies who grow up in a language-rich environment, where they are read to, sung to, and told stories to, demonstrate higher reading skills than other children. And this is true regardless of their family income. When parents hold their children in their laps and read to them, they teach children that reading is important and that they also teach them that they're important.

If you're interested in ROR, ask your pediatrician about the program. And if you would like to volunteer as a reader or make a donation, click here.

You can start at home by popping your tot in your lap for a good read right now.

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lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
my girls love to read, and i'm so glad. there are so many great kids books now with pop-ups and books you can add their name to, lots of fun.
macneil macneil 9 years
I love the way my daughter loves books, but I am a mean mother, because I bought her some absolutely beautiful discontinued Japanese children's books, hoping she'd grow into them and learn to appreciate them, and she loves them more than all her other books and handles them very roughly - I've been trying to hide them but she always finds them.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
We also read to our son since he was born, pretty much. He loves books, and he will often spend up to 15 minutes on his own just looking through them (he is 18 mos.). He has baskets of books throughout the entire house. I hope he will continue to love reading as he gets older.
lms lms 9 years
My husband and I read to our daughter when she was little and we joined a book club. She reads very well now and has a really good vocabulary. A lady just stopped me in the store today to comment on it.
lightfoot513 lightfoot513 9 years
I too read to my son at an early age. Short Poems especially because he had a short attention span and even while he was in my belly. I still read to him before nap and bed time, he's 3 now and always asks for a book. He now picks it out.
itownsend itownsend 9 years
Thanks for this important information! I am pulling out "Goodnight Moon", "Pat the Bunny", "Madeline" and lots of other favorites to read to my babies!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
We have always read to our boys since they were babies. Even though they didnt understand, they still liked the colors and pictures. Its great now because at almost 3 years old....they now love to sit and listen to more lengthy stories. They can even take the book and practically read it back to me!!! It amazes me...but they LOVE storytime every night!
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