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School Smarts: Early literacy encourages learning success

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Learning to read shouldn't wait until children reach school age. Teaching children the importance of literacy can start when they are babies.  Erica Labar, M.D., the Medical Director, UofL Pediatrics Kosair Charities, explains the effort by local doctors to supply books to encourage parents to start children on the path to reading early.

Research has shown that reading regularly with young children stimulates brain development, strengthens parent-child relationships and builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. Yet, two-thirds of U.S. children are not proficient readers by the end of third grade.

The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics actively promotes early literacy at its general pediatric practices to encourage school success. Working in partnership with Half Price Books and Carmichael's KIDS, the department is holding a month-long book drive to supplement its supply of books for patients.

The UofL general pediatric practices have given out more than 100,000 new and used English and Spanish language books since 1993. Children receive new books at every well-child checkup, ages 2 months through 5 years old. Gently used books are given to siblings and to patients in the office for sick visits.

Research has shown that parents listen and act when their pediatricians encourage them to read and share age-appropriate books with their children.
Beginning Aug. 1, new and gently used books for children of all ages can be dropped off at two Half Price Books locations: Hurstbourne, 2025 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy; Springhurst, 10220 Westport Road; and at Carmichael's KIDS, 1313 Bardstown Rd.., as well as all UofL Pediatrics general pediatric practices: Children &Youth Project, 555 S. Floyd St.; Kosair Charities, Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre 982 Eastern Parkway; and Stonestreet, 9702 Stonestreet Road Suite 100.

Carmichael's KIDS: Book Recommendations for Young Children

1.    A  Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
2.    Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli
3.    The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
4.    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
5.    Hi, Koo by John Muth
6.    Jamberry by Bruce Degen
7.    The Napping House by Audrey Wood
8.    The Story of Ferdinand  by Munro Leaf
9.    We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
10.    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Half Price Books:  Recommendations for Young Children

1.    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
2.    5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Chirstelow
3.    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
4.    Skippy Jon Jones by Judy Schnachner
5.    Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
6.    Curious George by Margret & H.A. Rey
7.    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
8.    No, David! by David Shannon
9.    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
10.    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Here's an example of how to read to children. It's author Michael Rosen reading We're Going On a Bear Hunt just the way it ought to be read.  CLICK HERE.  

A Guide to Reading with your Child

-Start talking, singing and reading with your child from the beginning.
-Read with animation and joy.
-Ask your child to name things in the pictures. Talk about how the pictures related to the story
-Read the books your child loves over and over. Use the same voice, volume and speed.
-For young children, look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition and make sure the books are short.
-As the child gets older, point to words as you read, showing that the print carries the story.

About Literacy

-Approximately two-thirds of US children and 80 percent of those living below the poverty threshold are not proficient readers by the end of third grade.
-Reading with young children regularly stimulates brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships, building language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.
-Our general pediatric practices have given out more than 100,000 new and used English and Spanish language books to children, 2 months through 5 years old. We give new books at every well-child checkup through age 5 and we give gently used books on sick visits and to siblings.

U of L Pediatrics is accepting donations to replenish their book shelves at these locations:

Half Price Books
·    Hurstbourne, 2025 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy
·    Springhurst, 10220 Westport Road

Carmichael's KIDS, 1313 Bardstown Rd.

UofL Pediatrics Offices
Kosair Charities, 982 Eastern Pkwy.
Springhurst Kids, 2809 North Hurstbourne Pkwy.
Stonestreet, 9702 Stonestreet Road, Suite 100
Children &Youth Project, 555 S. Floyd St.

For information, CLICK HERE.

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