Lt. Governor in Panama City

Florida’s Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings was in Panama City Friday night, and told a large group it’s never too early to start reading to your children.

Jennings was in town promoting literacy and helping raise money for a local “Books for Babies” program that’s being sponsored by Bay County’s Federation of Republican Women.

The idea is to get new mothers to read to their babies.

Lt. Gov. Jennings told her local audience since Gov. Bush has taken office literacy among school aged children has gone up, but there is always room for improvement.

She says she’s excited to promote “Books for Babies.”

“These new books will go to the mothers of newborns. Research has shown the sound of a mother’s or father’s voice stimulates early learning and literacy skills.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help buy even more baby books. Lt. Gov. Jennings says plans are to pass out the baby books to new mothers at local hospitals.