By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Research on children's literacy shows that children thrive if they receive good attention and care from their parents, teachers, and child care providers. Children who learn to love books will grow up to be good readers. The very best time for children to learn to love books is while they are young. You can help them by making story times a regular part of their day and by encouraging them in their early attempts to speak, read, and write.

Here are some suggestions that can help parents and caregivers to be involved in a child's literacy development:

When children become good readers in the early grades, they are far more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond.

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