If we read to our children, they grow up to be readers. It seems a simple truth. There is joy in books. There is adventure, intrigue, romance, history, fantasy, and many good things to be found between the covers of a book.
Please invest the time to read to your children, or to someone else’s children.
Your library undoubtedly has an hour or so when children are especially welcome for Story Time. Make it a point to bring your children to listen to talented, local storytellers. Bring a neighbor and their child and make it a celebration.
There are people in every community who don’t read. Perhaps no one ever read to them, or they just don’t like reading, or they are already working too many hours to make ends meet, or they just never learned to read, or they struggle to learn English and feel uncomfortable reading out loud. If you have a friend or neighbor who doesn’t read, but would like to read, suggest gently that they can take advantage of their local children’s librarian, a person who loves to answer questions and direct people to the information they want to find.
Books for non-readers are now packaged with CDs and DVDs—new age read-along books. There are computers in the library for listening to books, or you can check them out and listen at home. Your librarian can suggest which books match your child’s age and interests. They can even request books for your child from other Michigan libraries.
Young children start by memorizing the story line. They recite the pages they remember. Then they make the connection between letters, words, and reading. The adventure of learning to read is as exciting as the story in the book.
Celebrate Reading Month by reading!