07 Oct Make Everyday a Reading Celebration With Your Kids
According to one recent survey, approximately 80% of U.S. families did not buy a book last year.
That’s a dismal statistic—and for those of us who write books or want to, it’s a grim indicator of what we may face in the future.
Studies show that youngsters who read for fun improve their math skills and their powers of concentration. Parents who have books and magazines all over the house set an example that reading is important. If appropriate books and magazines are available for children in the house, they will pick them up. And it’s even better when an adult reads to them or with them.
There are national reading day celebrations in major cities across America. Star Wars Reads Day just happened on October 5, 2013. Authors of the Star Wars novels, as well as artists, Wookiies and even Jedi knights made appearances at bookstores and libraries around the country.
If you missed that celebration, the 17th annual Read Across America Day is scheduled on March 3, 2014. The theme is Cat in the Hat.
But why wait for a national reading day? Why not give your child the gift of reading to them or with them everyday? Even a short reading time each evening becomes a memory children cherish, and they are most likely to read more on their own. They’ll have a leg up at school and start a habit that will bring joy to their lives.
According to the NEA (National Education Association)–“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”