Doctor’s Orders: Read, read, read! Melissa and Noah enjoy a recent Toddler Fest at the Anastasia Island Branch Library, St. Augustine, hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Putnam & St. Johns Counties.

If you need a pat on the back for the time you spend reading to your child, Dr. Mehmet Oz, renowned physician and co-author of YOU: Raising Your Child (Simon & Schuster, 2010), offers this advice:  “We can’t say it often enough: Read aloud. Read aloud. Read aloud.

Besides serving as wonderful one-on-one time, reading to your child will do amazing things for her vocabulary…Kids might not be able to respond verbally to you when they’re little, but they’re processing. Remember those neurons: With every sentence, you’re building stronger language connections.”  In addition to information on your child’s general health, YOU: Raising Your Child will help you understand and feed your baby’s developing brain.

Happy Reading!