• Reading ability and school readiness are based on language exposure - resulting from parents and other adults talking to young children.
• Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3.
• Books contain many words that children are unlikely to encounter frequently in spoken language.
• Story-time with parents fosters a positive association with books and reading later in life.
• Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.
• Reading difficulty contributes to school failure, which leads to discouragement and eventually school drop out
• 20% of U.S. workers are functionally illiterate.
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