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AAP Recommends Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

For the first time ever, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement about reading books to babies. The pediatrics groups now recommends that parents read outloud to their baby every day, starting at birth.

This new recommendation is based on the fact that reading, as well as talking and singing, is important in increasing the number of words that children hear in the earliest years of their lives. Literacy gaps between children of different income levels can emerge as early as 18 months. This gap can give children from wealthier families advantages in school. Reading books early and often to children can help minimize these gaps. 

Read this New York Times article about the AAP's new recommendation and how encouraging parents to read can help reduce academic disparities between income levels and racial groups.

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