AAP Issues Policy Statement Recommending Reading to Children Beginning at Birth

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement that recommends pediatricians and policy makers promote reading aloud to children daily, beginning in infancy.

AAP says reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

Click here to find out more about the new recommendations and what pediatricians should tell parents at well-child visits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also announced a new early literacy partnership with Reach Out and Read, Too Small to Fail, and Scholastic to lift up the AAP’s new recommendations about early literacy with the goal of getting the information out far and wide to parent.

The Ohio AAP is proud to support the Reach Out and Read program, and promote the benefits of early literacy for all children. In fact, the Ohio AAP Foundation was originally formed in 2000 with the purpose of supporting Reach Out and Read Ohio, and early literacy continues to be a Signature Program of the Foundation. In 2013, though a donation of $200,000 from the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio AAP provided over 140,000 books to nearly 100 Reach Out and Read sites across the state.

A literacy themed fundraiser is also held each year to raise support for the Foundation; for the past two years this has been Lions, Literacy, and Lunch at the Columbus Zoo. This event inspires children to love reading by highlighting celebrity guest readers, including former OSU football and basketball players, and professional athletes from the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Columbus Clippers. Funds raised at this event are used to provide books to Reach Out and Read sites, as well as support the Foundation’s other Signature Programs.”

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