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Evidence shows that when family members talk and sing to children, share books and take them to the library, they help children to develop important early literacy skills. These activities have more effect on a child’s educational outcomes than parents’ social class and education. The power of reading to overcome social disadvantage is well documented: “Being more enthusiastic about reading and a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than having well-educated parents in good jobs.”(Reading for Change, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2002). (from D Willian 2013)