Local doctors spread love of reading

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Some local doctors are making sure children don't miss out on the feeling of getting engrossed in a good book, while also benefiting academically from developing reading skills at a young age.

"Even a baby at six months old when you hand them that book, their eyes light up and they reach out and grab it as if they already know that it's going to be something delightful," said Dr. Claudia Jantzer.

A third division of Primary Care Partners has joined the Reach Out and Read program.

The doctors at Western Colorado Pediatric Associates have given out 600 books a month to children from six months to five years old this year.

Introducing children to reading can help them develop their language skills faster and do better in school in the future, Dr. Jantzer said.

The Grand Junction Barnes and Noble will be hosting a Reach Out and Read Book Fair Monday, Dec. 9, to benefit the program.

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