First 5 Years

Read to Your Preschooler

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Books for Preschoolers
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Over the last decade, we've learned a lot about how young children grow and develop early language and literacy skills. Here are some facts:

  • By age six, children understand 13,000 words. Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into stronger readers.
  • Children who love books are better readers. Reading aloud to preschoolers gives them a love of literature.
  • Sharing books with your preschooler lays the foundation for learning to read.

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