You've just given birth. You want to give your new baby the best chance in life, but when should you start teaching your little one to read? It turns out that the best time to start reading to your child may be ... as soon as you can, since big things start taking place shortly after your baby is born, according to J. Richard Gentry, author of Raising Confident Readers How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—From Baby to Age 7.
"The first is bonding," he says. "A baby recognizes his or her mother’s voice within three days. And then there’s hearing the rhythm and patterns of language. Reading aloud plays such a critical part in early literacy with kids, in all aspects of language development.”