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Books from Birth looks to instill love of reading
Program provides free books for children from birth to 5 years old
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Autumn Turner says reading to your child at an early age can boost their academic achievement once they enter school.
With 90 percent of the growth of a child’s brain happening between birth and 5 years of age, it’s never too soon to begin reading.“Reading to a child can raise his or her IQ by six points and that’s quite a notable amount,” said Autumn Turner who was promoting the Books from Birth initiative when she spoke to McMinnville’s Noon Exchange Club on Tuesday. Books from Birth is a collaboration with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library that seeks to put books in the hands of all children up to age 5. “We have to target birth to 5 if we’re going to have any impact.”Turner, who serves as director of teaching and learning with the Warren County School System for grades pre-K through sixth, says parents who read with their children at least three times a week will, in all odds, see their children reading in the top 25 percent of their grades once they are in school.“The number of books in a home is directly correlated to academic achievement,” she said.The habits set in motion during the first five years of a child’s life continue when they are older and will play a role on how successful a person becomes in life, Turner says.“A student who is not reading at grade level by age 9 is 10 times more likely to drop out of school,” Turner revealed.