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Report shows kids' reading habits are lacking

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LAS VEGAS - A new study shows children are spending less time reading for fun, and it’s affecting their overall literacy.

The report by the nonprofit Common Sense Media also found parents are equally responsible for their kids’ reading habits. The study shows children who read for fun had parents who read to them and set an example with their own reading habits.

Read the Common Sense Media report

The Hill and Dale Child Development Center says it's never too early to read to your kids. They say the younger a child is when he or she starts reading, the better.

Simple steps such as teaching kids how to read stop signs and street names can help develop their vocabulary.

It's also important to highlight their interests and keep them engaged.

“I think showing them what an adventure they can have, being positive, making it part of their routine,” said Tamy Gates with Hill and Dale Child Development Center. “For parents to really get the value of reading will help them (children) embrace going to the library."

Several programs in the valley aim to stimulate kids’ interest in reading. The Clark County Library District, North Las Vegas Library District and Clark County School District all operate summer reading programs.

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