April 2017: April is National Read Aloud Month! See an article in the
Pregnancy & Newborn.
Our READ Spotlight shines on Deborah Polk, one of our READ co-founders
and President of the READ Board of Directors.
Read Deborah's own words
as she describes why she is so passionate about REadingADvantage's
More about us
Why we are here
Programs and objectives
Did you know? Sobering facts about
low income families and literacy.
Words ... words ... words ... how do babies develop their vocabulary?
Quite simply, they learn from hearing the words of the people around them.
"If the child has never heard the word, the child will never say the word;
and if you have neither heard it nor said it, it's pretty tough to read it
and to write it." (From Jim Trelease's introduction in Read-aloud Rhymes for
the Very Young, selected by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Marc Brown, New
York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.)
Infographics and Handouts
The Word Gap. (jpg, 403 KB) By age 3, economicaly advantaged children
know more than twice as many words as economically disadvantaged ones.
Beyond the word gap. (PDF, 5.6 MB) Language and learning develop
in the context of early relationships.
Everyday Ways to Support Your Baby's and Toddler's Early Learning. (PDF, 680 KB) A handy, printable
chart with practical suggestions.