Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald
Reading to your child is an important way to connect with them and help them develop into life long readers. Research shows that reading out loud to children is the number one indicator of how well they will read and learn in school. Here are a few of the many benefits of reading out loud with children according to the Family Literacy Foundation:
  • Children’s self esteem grows as they experience the security of having a parent or other caring person read aloud with them.
  • Children experience increased communication with parents and other family members.
  • Children are introduced to new concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, and alphabet, in a fun, age appropriate way.
  • Children build listening skills, vocabulary, memory, and language skills.
  • Children develop imagination and creativity.
  • Children learn information about the world around them.
  • Children develop individual interests in special subjects like dinosaurs, cats, or cars.
  • Children learn positive behavior patterns and social values.
  • Children learn positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
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  467x267-momreadingtogirls-ts   Begin your reading journey with your child by signing up for the One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten program! With our One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten program, the Mitchell Community Public Library is making it easier and more rewarding than ever before to get ready for Kindergarten! When you register for One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten, you will receive a free book to keep, and a log to track your reading. Each log has tips for making the best out of reading time together, and “holds” 250 books. Every time you finish a log, turn it in to the library for a prize! FAQ What books count? It’s not only library books that count! Whether you’re reading a book at storytime, at Mamaw’s house, or on your ereader, all books count. If you read the same book multiple times, count it every time that you read it. If you would like recommendations for similar (or maybe completely different) reads, your library staff can recommend dozens of books, or you can visit the library online at Facebook or Pinterest, or you can use Tumble Into Reading and Overdrive through the library’s website for ebooks. Isn’t my kid too young? No! Start reading books at birth! Board books are a great, sturdy options for the littlest readers.




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