The library is a great place to be! I loved going there as a kid and getting books to read and I even worked at one throughout college. I’ve always loved reading, but let’s face it, it gets harder and harder to find time to fit it in our busy schedules! But I want to instill the love to read into my children, even at a young age. So last week I took my baby to the library to pick out books to read to her. She may have slept the whole time… but I found some fun books to read to her! She loves looking at the pictures and will often talk to me while I read – I think she wants to read too!
There are libraries everywhere and I’m pretty sure public library cards are free if you don’t have one already. At our local library they have a great juvenile section complete with videos, felt board stories, books on tape and CD, and games. And most public libraries have great programs for readers of all ages which include story time for your little ones.
So take a trip to your library with your kids and have them pick out some books – or pick them out for them if they’re too young – and read! Or find out when you can all go to story time together!
The University of Michigan Health Center says, “A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school and work. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them. Reading and writing are important ways we use language to communicate.” They also have some great tips for making reading a part of your children’s lifestyle and reading to babies at http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/reading.htm.
To learn how to help your kids be good readers you can go to: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/read/resources/edpicks.jhtml
There are some great books out there, but I don’t always remember them or know what they are so here are some websites to help you find good books for your children:
Parents Magazine – http://www.parents.com/fun/book-gallery/
Teachers First – http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm
Children’s Book Guide – http://childrensbooksguide.com/top-100