Facts About Reading and Young People

• 35% of children arrive at kindergarten unprepared to learn.


• Interaction with his/her environment is a key factor in determining the ease with which a child will learn to read.


• The more words a child hears the larger the child's vocabulary.


• A 1991 study showed that parents who were given books by their doctors were four times more likely to read and share them with their children.


• Reading to your baby encourages the child to associate reading with love and comfort.


• The more you talk and read to your baby the quicker the child will learn.


• The report of the commission on reading states that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.


• The key to proficiency in reading is to start early. Begin reading to your child the day he/she is born.