Once a year, out of town friends visit for several days. I have to be sure to have a stack of books on hand for Allie, their now 17-year-old daughter. She plows through them—one after another. The cell phone at her side doesn’t seem to slow down her reading. Reading has been her default preference since she started reading by herself.
I asked her mother how she had turned Allie into such a voracious reader. Her mother says she has no idea. But, when pressed I learned:
My friend read to Allie’s older brother when she was breastfeeding Allie.
She read to her children every night before bed and acquiesced to “one more book, Mom, please” almost every time she was asked.
From very young ages, she allowed the children to choose the books for bedtime reading, to borrow from the library or buy at the bookstore.
Allie read to her stuffed animals before she could really read.
Allie read to the dog and cat.
Parents like Allie’s mother…
This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by Susan Newman Ph.D.
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