This article first appeared on Doing Life Together.
All five of my children knew how to read by the time they entered kindergarten.
Are they incredibly brilliant? Yes. But more than anything else, I attribute their early grasp of a complicated but vital skill to the fact that my husband and I read to our children from the time they were babies.
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At what age should I introduce my baby to books?
Somewhere from three to five months, while holding the baby in your lap, page through a board book with him. He will try to wrest it from your hands and put it into his mouth. That’s what babies do—they explore the world with their taste buds and their sensitive tongues. Let him have it, and gently try to draw his attention to the pictures.
This step is a lot easier if you have already been showing him things in his environment and…
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