How to Raise a Reader
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Children ages 3 to 5 spend an average of 13 hours and 28 minutes a week watching television. When children are plugged in to television instead of reading books, they are not developing key literacy skills that will prepare them for school and help them learn.
The single most significant predictor of children's literacy is their mother's literacy level. The more education a mother has, the more likely she is to read to her child.
Some experts believe that for America's poorest children, the biggest obstacle to literacy is the scarcity of books in many homes. And while books are available at public libraries, only 37 percent of 3- to 5-year olds visit a library at least once a month.
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