Whether it’s your toddler mesmerized by the pictures and activities of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or his Grandpa getting lost in the mysteries of a John Grisham novel, a love for books is timeless and shared across all generations. Nothing beats curling up with a good book and exploring the countless possibilities of worlds both real and imagined.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”- Emilie Buchwald
For many, the love for books starts at an early age in the stories our parents read to us. Providing your children with plentiful opportunities to listen to stories will help them learn to read and comprehend stories on their own. They also begin to think more actively as they listen to stories and picture the scenes described, wondering how the story will develop. When read to frequently, children can grow to love reading and will take the initiative to read more on their own.
National Family Literacy Day® is celebrated on November 1st each year and is a kickoff to National Family Literacy Month. This November, the awareness of National Family Literacy Month brings about a great opportunity for families to get back into the tradition of reading as a family.
Here are ways you can promote family literacy at home
Set aside time each day for reading.
Dedicate 30 – 60 minutes after dinner, or before bed, to read as a family. Take turns with who gets to pick the book, and read aloud as a family.
Keep books visible around the house.
Bring in bookshelves to easily store and make accessible all around the house, but keep organized as well. Hit up second hand stores for affordable books to build your family’s collection.
Make regular visits to the library.
Library memberships are free, and they often hold events and workshops for all ages to help promote reading. Head to the library on a rainy day with the family to get out of the house, but still get some reading in.
Read the book version of your child’s favorite movie.
Classics like The Wizard of Oz, Ramona Beezus and Matilda are all kid favorites when it comes to movies, but reading the books can help open a new world of imagination and new experiences.
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