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Reading Out Loud: AAP Offers Literacy Guidelines

In an effort to promote early literacy, last month the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that, during doctor visits, pediatricians should remind parents to read to aloud to their children.

“One of most important skills that a child can learn is language,” says Peggy Sissel-Phelan, co-founder and board member of Reach Out and Read Arkansas, which provides books to children beginning at age six months through doctor visits.