Research on brain development continues to demonstrate the importance of early and frequent stimulation of young children's minds. (Click here for more information.) In addition, we know that reading to children beginning in the first months of life helps them to develop an interest and attachment to books that will last for years. Good reading skills are an important part of life-long learning, and these skills can be improved by encouraging children of all ages to read for pleasure on a regular basis.
The physicians at Framingham Pediatrics are strong believers in the value of reading for children of all ages. We encourage all parents to make reading an important part of their children's lives. Start reading to your infant in the early months of life, and continue regularly until he or she can read with you and then by himself or herself. Make reading a part of your child's daily routine! Don't let television and video games take the place of the mind stimulation that should come from reading.
Below are some links to sites on the internet promoting the value of reading, including some helpful book lists.