President Barack Obama urges parents to read to their children. There is no replacement – video games, television, sports…we all enjoy these activities, but it is crucial to set aside time to read with our children…in school and at home.

Barack Obama:
“In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent – for a mother or father who will […turn off the TV, put away the video games,] read to their child. I speak to you not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That’s an American issue.”

You can find President Obama’s full speech to the Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009, here.

*The National Children’s Reading Foundation suggests reading aloud with your children for 20 minutes daily to build their listening and language skills – no matter what their age!