Check out this article about the importance of reading.
Here are some easy ways to get your children to read. Children who read do better in school—so make sure your child is a reader!
- Get your child a library card. It’s free!
- Come to the library and enjoy free programs with fun activities, storytelling, reading contests, crafts and more.
- Read with your child every day. Take advantage of “waiting” time to share books: on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store. For small children, read to your child and point out words and pictures. You are your child’s first teacher.
- Take a basket of books for reading breaks from the sun, water, and sand at the beach, lake, or pool.
- Read on your own and talk to your child about what you’re reading. Families who share reading experiences raise children who read well.
- Visit the library every week and bring the whole family. Need books in languages other than English? Ask a librarian!
- Use the closed captioning during TV shows so children see the words as they hear them.
- Keep a list on the refrigerator of the books everyone has read.
- Talk together and tell stories with your child while cooking dinner, traveling, or shopping. Your child will learn lots of new words and ideas.
- Sing to your child while getting ready for the day or for bed.
- For small children, encourage your child to set up a play library, restaurant, museum or school, complete with books, menus, maps, crayons. Children learn best through play!
- Read together at bedtime every night!