Read 20 Minutes a Day
Read 20 AZ is an Arizona Department of Education initiative to encourage early literacy. Throughout the nation, educators and child development advocates use the slogan “Read 20” to emphasize the importance of reading at least twenty minutes a day, either independently or with another person. The Read 20 AZ message is simple: read early, read often, and read together.
Children’s brains develop most rapidly between birth and age three. Reading to infants and toddlers helps them gain language skills and prepares them for when they are ready to learn to read on their own.
Experts recommend developing readers spend at least twenty minutes a day “practicing”. Whether with an adult or to their favorite animals (real or stuffed), all children need to make daily reading a habit.
Reading with young children—or any child—helps them improve their reading skills. It’s also a great way to spend time together!
Reading aloud is a powerful tool in early literacy. When infants are read to, their brains begin preparing to learn words. With the alphabet and years of stories under their belts, young children have the building blocks to start sounding out words.