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.

Read Early

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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.

Read Often

girl reading to stuffed animals

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.

Read Together

dad reading to kids

Reading with young children—or any child—helps them improve their reading skills. It’s also a great way to spend time together!

Read Aloud

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.

5 Pillars of Early Literacy

literacy timeline
Gaps in children’s vocabulary start to appear as early as 18 months. By the time children are 3 and 4 years old, their vocabulary, attention and general knowledge are predictors of third and fourth grade reading comprehension. Third grade reading ability is one of the best predictors of high school graduation. Graphic courtesy of First Things First.
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