KUSA - Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that parents need to start reading to their children at birth.
It's a new way of looking at childhood literacy. Doctors in Colorado are taking part in the Reach Out and Read national program, which trains doctors and nurses to talk to parents about the importance of reading.
Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld, is visiting Denver to talk about the importance of early childhood literacy and summer reading programs for older kids. The 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to keep children engaged during summer months.
It was created to give schools and families a free and engaging way to encourage more children to read during the summer and prevent the "summer slide." The summer slide is the learning losses that set children back academically when they do not read during the out-of-school summer months.
The free program encourages students to log their reading minutes and earn rewards with the goal of setting a world record for summer reading.
Last year's participants set the world record of 176,438,473 minutes read. Children can log minutes through Sept. 5.
The top elementary school with the most minutes read will win a visit from bestselling author-illustrator David Shannon, "Bugs In My Hair!" The top middle school will get a visit from bestselling author Gordon Korman "The Hypnotists."
For more information or to sign up, visit: scholastic.com/summer.
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