As a new school year begins for most students, I believe it’s a good time to renew our commitment to our children. This includes ways to include daily literacy activities for our youngest children. This month on Literacy Toolbox, I will share ways parents and educators can work to create their own little bookworms.
Today is just a quick post to remind you that September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you or your child does not have a library card, this is the month to get one! Kids are never too young to have a library card. I believe my own children were two or younger when I got them their first cards. The American Library Association publishes this Building a Home Library brochure that provides recommended books for children birth to age 3. If you don’t already, consider making weekly trips with your preschooler to the library! Research shows that familiarity with a library encourages children to read and increases academic readiness. Libraries often offer story times for children as well, so check out your local library’s schedule.
In addition to the library, both Borders and Barnes and Noble offer weekly story times for young children. This is an excellent opportunity to hear the newest picture books and for your child to participate in a hands-on, reading experience. Story times often include singing, and other active events to get children involved in the reading experience. Barnes and Noble actually offers monthly, online story times for children of popular picture books read by author’s and celebrities. This month’s book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day read aloud by the author, Judith Viorst! A new online reading experience will be posted on Tuesday, September 7th!
What are some ways you try to create bookworms out of your children?
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