Fun with kids: Reading

Gifted readers - born or made?

Experts say parents can nurture exceptional young readers, but they should not be obsessed with getting their children to read too early

When Sashayna Vincent was 18 months old, she read out a Whats-App message that beeped on her mother's mobile phone.

Her family could not be certain if she understood what she had read: A birthday greeting, wishing many happy returns of the day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'Gifted readers - born or made?'. Print Edition | Subscribe