Start reading early

Think About It

November 03, 1999

" 'How old must a child be before you start reading to him?' That is the question I am most often asked by parents.

"In answer, I ask one of my own. 'When did you start talking to the child? Did you wait until he was six months old?'

"Most people can't imagine reading to that same child. And that's sad. If a child is old enough to talk to, she's old enough to be read to. It's the same language."

-- From Jim Trelease in his book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook"

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