Take an Adventure and Read Together

Reading can be as much a journey as the most exotic of vacations, and like a vacation, sharing the journey with loved ones can make the experiences even better. Reading together can motivate children to continue reading on their own and become recreational readers, or readers who read for fun. The more children read, the more they developing their vocabulary, literacy skills, and comprehension skills. In addition, reading together can promote bonding between child and parent, a positive relationship between reading and child, and interactive, engaged conversations about the stories or topics explored. Here are some tips to get the most out of reading together with your child:

 

-Set aside dedicated time every day or week to read together.

-Open your reading selection to anything and everything - books, magazines, graphic novels, poetry, anything your child might be interested in.

-Let your child pick the reading material.

-Read expressively; it’s okay to make silly voices or sound effects, even if you don’t think you are good at voices. It will be all the more fun for your child.

-Engage with the text, ask questions about the stories or characters and listen to what your child has to say.

-You do not need to be the expert. If you do not know how to pronounce a word or if an unfamiliar topic comes up, research it with a dictionary, a library database or a careful internet search. You can learn together.

 

Some books to get you started:

 

imbiggest.jpgI’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

A squid thinks he is bigger than anything in the ocean. Find out if he’s correct and explore the marine world with this simple, funny text and bold illustrations.

 

rosie.jpgRosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie is a little girl and a great inventor, but she keeps her inventions secret so no one will know if anything fails. That is until Rosie’s great aunt stops by and wishes for a chance to fly. Read along with the rhyming text and colorful drawings as Rosie learns that the only failure in life is quitting.

 

oldturtle.jpgOld Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood

A piece of truth falls from the sky and starts a war. Follow the tale with Old Turtle in this painted picture book and learn the whole truth.

 

diva.jpgThe Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi

A sheltered, but brave dog, named Diva and a wandering, street-smart cat named Flea begin an unlikely friendship and learn about their very different worlds in Paris.

 

mylife.jpgMy Life As a Book by Janet Tashjian

A long reading list, a summer shackled to Learning Camp, a mysterious newspaper clipping, and an annoying “goody-two-shoes” classmate - not exactly the summer of his dreams for reluctant reader, Derek. But as he soon learns, adventure and excitement can await us anywhere.
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