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July 15, 2014
“We applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) new policy statement recommendation that “pediatric providers promote early literacy development for children beginning in infancy” (AAP Policy Statement — Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Practice. June 29, 2014). The policy statement carefully embeds reading in the larger project of early literacy development, and in infants’ relationships with their parents and other caregivers. We want to highlight here a few critical points of the AAP statement, reported on in the front page New York Times story, “Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children from Birth” (June 24, 2014), because books are just a start.”