Doctors to parents: Read to children every day starting in infancy

By Lindsey Tanner

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, June 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Sharon Litwak and her children Andrea, 7, left, Jessica, 5, right, and Ilana, 2, read books at their home.

Lawrence K. Ho, MCT

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CHICAGO — The nation's largest pediatricians' group says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy.

Doing so can enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability.

That's according to a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued Tuesday.

The academy wants pediatricians to spread the message to parents of young children and to provide books to needy families.

To help promote reading, the doctors' group is teaming up with the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail program, children's book publisher Scholastic Inc., and a group called Reach out and Read. That nonprofit group works with doctors and hospitals to distribute books and encourage early reading.

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