By Keith Howard
Sitting in a child-size chair, Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios read the words on the page out loud. He held the book up so his audience could see the pictures. There were more than a dozen kids sitting at his feet. They all looked up, staring at the page and attentively listening to Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats.
Barrios spent Thursday morning reading to children at the Capuano Early Education Center as part of a program to promote early literary skills amongst middle- to low-income and second language English students.
“I can’t imagine a more sound way to promote reading for children from disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Barrios.