EUGENE, Ore. — Babies may not seem interested in bedtime book reading, but a new study backs up what most of us probably figured. Reading to newborns is highly recommended.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is now weighing in on literacy.
AAP will now recommend that pediatricians across the country tell parents to read out loud to their infants from birth.
“Just exposing them to different words and language is better interaction than television,” said Eugene parent, Morgan Zavala. “I just think it is good development.”
The Eugene Library holds storytime every Friday.
“It is a fun way to interact with her and early on. She was really interested in babies faces and books,” said Eugene parent, Liz Delf. “Now she pats the faces and turns them, so its really familiar already.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics is preaching what these parents already practice.
It is recommending that pediatric providers advise parents of young children that reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development and parent-child relationships.
“It’s also you reading and them seeing you reading, so it’s part of making it a part of their world so they can’t imagine a world without books.” said Eugene library Director Connie Bennett.
“It makes sense. The more they hear, they get used to it. They will start doing it on their own as they grow up,” said Eugene parent, Tiffany Boeahland.
Bennett says there is a strong correlation between kids who are 4 and 5 who come from a household of books and their learning level. “They are ready to learn in a way that a kid who didn’t have that advantage they will be behind all their lives,” added Bennett.
The local libraries all offer story times and the sounds coming from the Eugene Library infant reading room only seem to backup the benefit of books.
The Eugene Library has a summer reading program for children through teens.
If you sign up you get a free book.