Author: Donna R. Shanklin, M.S., MPH, Regional Extension Agent: Health, Alabama Cooperative Extension System - Auburn University and Alabama A & M
Reading is a fundamental skill and opens doors to a life of learning. There are steps you as a parent can take to help a growing child develop an interest in reading and become a reader.
- Visit the library. Some even have digital books that you can download.
- Give books as gifts for birthdays and holidays.
- Lead by example; let children see you reading.
- Have older siblings read to the younger siblings and vice versa.
- Read aloud the words you see on billboards and street signs.
- Have a home library of books. Used books can be found at yard sales or thrift stores.
- On long car rides, encourage reading as opposed to only watching DVDs.
- Take books with you to read wherever you go.
- After reading a book, create a family storytelling time about the book.
- Find books about activities your child is interested in -- from dinosaurs to mountain biking.
Get your child interested in reading. It will help them in school, reduce their screen time, and promote a lifelong love of reading.
Become involved in the Read Across America program that focuses on motivating children and teens to read. The National Education Association (NEA) wants people to come together and read to children. NEA's Read Across America Day takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The goal of the event is to have every child read through an adult mentoring program.
To plan a Read Across America event in your area visit the NEA's website
For information on choosing age-appropriate books for your child, visit Choosing Books for Young Children.
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