Children do not wake up one day with the ability to read. These skills are developed over time. There are 6 skills that children need to develop before they can learn to read, and developing these skills begins when they are babies. Parents can make a huge difference in how easily a child learns to read. When you READ, TALK, SING, PLAY, RHYME, COUNT and PRETEND with your child, you are helping develop his/her 6 pre-reading skills. Build a reader!