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Canadian Paediatric Society

Early Literacy

Children’s early experiences with books and reading help prepare them for school and set them up for success later in life. Exposing babies to books and reading increases vocabulary and makes it easier for them to learn to read later on. Just as important, sharing books provides babies and children with warm and nurturing interactions with the adults they care about. Early exposure to language—whether through books, words, or songs—can help prevent problems and promote health.

Practice tools and guidelines

Information for sharing with parents and caregivers

Related issues

Sources and resources

Last updated: Jan 27 2017