Reading is fun. Oh, wait – that’s next week’s holiday, but it goes so well with this week, Children’s Book Week, celebrating the written word for the 92nd year.
According to Wikipedia, in the U.S., only 13% of the population is proficient in the areas of prose, document, and quantitative literacy. That is alarming. What could be more important than reading and writing?
Children’s Book Week is all about literacy and meant to introduce children and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers to new authors and ideas while encouraging them to explore new worlds beyond what they know and live in.
Research shows pre-school aged children who are exposed to lots of books and conversation tend to do better at school. According to the National Children’s Reading Foundation, “Just 20 minutes a day reading aloud to young children promotes family bonding, encourages listening and language skills, and gives children a strong reading foundation.” Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading also found that the single most important knowledge-building activity that leads to success in later reading is reading aloud to children.
Research has also found that it takes about 100 hours of reading aloud to gain the pre-literacy skills necessary to learn to read early and well. So, grandmothers AND grandfathers, do your part. Read to your grandchildren every chance you get. You don’t have to be a nerd word like me to enjoy sharing books with your kids or grandkids. It’s one of the best ways to spend quality time together, reading to them, nurturing reading skills, and bonding. It not only makes for such sweet memories, it’s a priceless gift you can give them today that they will treasure tomorrow.
Through the years at Examiner, I’ve compiled many lists of books appropriate for kids of all ages which you might like to read or re-read to get some ideas of books to share:
Top 10 poetry books to share with children
Top 10 books of 2010 for kids, classics and new
Top 10 award-winning children’s books make perfect…
Top 10 new books to read to your grandchildren and…
Top 10 Bedtime stories to read to your grandchildren
Top 10 best rhyming books to read out loud
Top 5 reasons to read to your grandchildren
Top 10 ways grandmothers can help celebrate Reading…
Another fun activity is to write your own books – with the kids. Last week my six year old grandson and I created a book together. He typed the words by sounding them out (so much fun) and I illustrated it with stick figures. Then I wrote a poem and distributed it over 12 pages and he did some remarkable drawings for it. He was so proud to be able to read to and share the books with his family. There’s also a free website, bookemon, that provides free and easy to create book templates in a variety of formats. You can then purchase them for as low as ten dollars each. Wouldn’t that make great birthday and holiday gifts?
However you celebrate Children’s Book Week, enjoy the special time with your kids or grandkids! You’ll be glad you did — and so will they.
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