March 22, 1976

Literature for Young Children

JAMA. 1976;235(12):1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260380055033

In these days when television viewing has become an addiction among children who find delight in watching inane cartoons that sabotage the English language, the American Journal of Diseases of Children (130:180-183, 1976) carries an important message for parents. The ESSAY in question, "The Bedtime Story and Language Development," by Joy F. Moss, MA, emphasizes the need to read aloud regularly (preferably at a set time each day) to children of preschool and school age. Moss quotes Durkin1 who found that children who learned to read before entering the first grade had been read to regularly at home where all the children's families had a high regard for books and reading. Such children become involved with written language and the reading process; they not only increase their knowledge store but learn to love books and become highly motivated to read for themselves.

Moss notes that a child who shares