Not Yet a Toddler, But She Can Read!

It’s hard to imagine, but at just 17 months Elizabeth Barrett is already reading. She showed her amazing talent on TODAY this morning.

She read her first word when she was just 13 months old. The word was “corn,” and little Elizabeth read it on a cereal box at the supermarket. There was no picture of corn to give her a clue. She just pointed at the word and read it. She also signed the word in sign language.

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  1. Baby Advice says:

    That is amazing!! How did she learn this? Were you working with her?

  2. This is unbelievable! I’ve never heard a baby at this age to do such things:) Maybe you have a genious there;) Take a good care of her!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey…good to hear some nice words out there:) In an attempt to keep our privacy at home (lots of folks bothering our relatives and neighbors trying to contact us), we’re starting a web page about Elizabeth’s story. Under construction now, there will soon be an email contact and more info. I’m so new at all of the “blogging” stuff, but it is a good way to meet parents, and a safe way to share the rest of our story.

  4. Your Baby Can Read too! says:


    I’m the marketing manager for a product called “Your Baby Can Read”. This early language development system was developed by Dr. Robert Titzer,Ph.D. It’s a multi-sensory learning system which teaches infants as young as 9 months to read! We have lots of video footage and testimonials posted on our site
    Your Baby Can Read has been featured on the Ellen Show, CNN, The Learning Channel and MSNBC. Teach YOUR baby to read!

  5. that is amazing! my baby’s using your baby can read too since he was 7 months old. at 22 months people are surprised that he can read first than knowing his abc’s. thank you so much dr. titzer!

  6. This is just the kind of thing that gets people all abuzz, and stops them from using their Critical Thinking skills. If Dr Titzer’s findings are legitimate, they’ll be published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals. I haven’t seen that yet; all I’ve seen so far is a marketing blitz and a lot of talk-show cooing and gooing. Let’s see the data, Dr Titzer. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. These monkey-see-monkey-do tricks do not impress me. My definition of “reading” is quite a bit different than what I’m seeing so far.

  7. There’s another “method” out there that seems to give the same result, without the paraphernalia. The author of “Native Reading” is (as far as I can tell) a computer scientist turned stay-at-home dad whose kids were reading as toddlers. He writes that if you play letter and word games early, and show babies and toddlers that these abstract symbols have meaning, then they learn to read right along with learning to speak. My mom told me I could read when I was three, my daughter could, too. Now, we could just be brilliant :) but I’ve heard of lots of cases so I think it can be pretty natural, no “system” required.