Read to your kids? Of course!
Read to your kids? Of course!

Among the things I've learned as a columnist is that two people can read the exact same piece and glean entirely different meanings. That's what happened with last Saturday's column, which scoffed at a plan by the nation's pediatricians to prescribe daily read-aloud sessions between parent and child, from infancy to kindergarten. I'm an idiot for suggesting that parents don't really need to bother reading to newborns — and a genius for suggesting that the routine chatter of an attentive parent can also be an essential learning tool. "Paying attention to young children is probably the most important piece of how to promote literacy," said an email from Genie Saffren, former head of...