Playing with books is important step in path to early literacy

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Julie Rasicot
Early Years blog at Education Week

A 2008 report by the National Institute for Literacy found that sharing books with adults helped young children develop print knowledge and oral language skills, which play a role in later development of reading and writing skills. But don't confuse early literacy with early reading--formal instruction that pushes babies and toddlers to read and write is not developmentally appropriate, experts say.

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