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Writer and pediatrician Perri Klass has always been a champion of sharing books with children, but this month in the New York Times she writes about the issue by mixing research with great human warmth and urgency.
Klass draws on a recent study that found that parents who read and write at home with children boost both literacy and lifetime skills. This topic isn’t new for Klass; she’s the national medical director of Reach Out and Read, the organization that distributes books to children through pediatricians’ offices.
The reading and writing study was conducted by University of Washington researchers who found that “Children who read and write at home — whether for assignments or just for fun — are building long-term study and executive function skills,” according to a press release.
Klass turns the research findings into near poetry:
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My Mum used to read to me, then with me, and eventually listened to me read. By the time I was around 9 years old, I was happy to read alone, in my room. Those early starts develop a lifelong love of literature, undoubtedly.
Best wishes, Pete.
Yes, yes! You are exactly right. Hats off to your Mum.
Yes and amen!
Me, too! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this Jennie. My Michael would never had developed a love of reading and books if I hadn’t read to him so much. When he is tired because of the medicine and treatment regimes he is on, I don’t make him read but rather read to him still.
That’s such a good thing, Robbie. Thanks for telling me about Michael. 😀
So important (and fun) to read to kids of all ages!
Yes, indeed! 🙂