06/24/2014 01:14 EDT | Updated 08/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Doctors to parents: Start reading daily to kids in infancy to improve development

CHICAGO - The largest pediatricians' group in the U.S. says parents should read aloud to their children every day starting in infancy.

Doing so can enhance child development and prepare young minds for early language and reading ability.

That's according to a new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics issued Tuesday.

The academy wants pediatricians to spread the message to parents of young children and to provide books to needy families.

To help promote reading, the doctors' group is teaming up with the Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail program, children's book publisher Scholastic Inc., and a group called Reach out and Read. That non-profit group works with doctors and hospitals to distribute books and encourage early reading.