Raise a Reader

Hi, Friends. Today, I’m excited to offer this guest post from a Andrea Denish, author of a newly published picture book. Andrea has put together some terrific ideas and resources, especially for younger readers. As a special treat, Andrea has included the a You Tube link, where you and your children can hear her read her book, Everyone Loves A Parade. Enjoy!DSCN2366.jpg

I am so onboard with the mission of this blog, Nurturing Literacy, and was delighted when Rita asked me to write a guest post. As a preschool teacher and library assistant, I have seen first hand how raising children with an interest in books changes and shapes a young mind. Among many other important benefits, reading to your child increases curiosity, promotes the ability to develop empathy and fosters language skills. This blog has offered so many great resources to parents to help young readers. I’d like to chime in with some additional suggestions to help your child reap the benefits of being a lifelong reader.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – If you have not heard about this program, check out this website: https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/ As the name suggests, this program challenges parents to read 1,000 books by kindergarten. When you break down the number to roughly 250 books per year – that’s less than one per day. It’s definitely a can-do. The website offers incentives and book logs, but if that seems too overwhelming, try a goal of reading with your child at least a few minutes each day. Simple board books at first and perhaps early readers by Kindergarten. When you make reading a habit like brushing your teeth, you have done a wonderful thing for your child.

Visit the library and bookstore regularly – Sign your child up for a library card and find out where upcoming programs are posted. Taking advantage of story times and other exciting program offerings will change your life! Not only will your child benefit from making connections to literature, the social connections for your child and you as a parent will be worthwhile. Meeting children in the same age group in your town will often lead to playdates and friendships. Best of all, most of these programs are FREE.

Find the book connection – Maybe your child can’t get enough of the onscreen characters – Disney princesses, Paw Patrol or the Avengers. Double down on their obsession by finding books featuring their favorites. Some children are more constructive with building toys or science toys. Check out the non-fiction section of the library or bookstore. Yes, there are books about Legos and Minecraft.

What if???? – Maybe you would like your child to be a reader, but you do not feel confident in your own reading ability or maybe your native language is not English. There are audio books available for you and your child to listen to together. If you have access to the internet, there are many, many videos you can access to experience virtual storytime. Here’s a link to my book, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7J5aI2IUI4&t=115s Everyone Loves a Parade!* Find a comfy spot and allow yourself to be transported to the crowded streets of a noisy, festive parade – all from your own couch.

I hope you found something to help you and your child continue on your reading adventures. It’s never too early or too late to start. There are books available for every reason, every season, no matter your age or income – reading is for everyone.

Andrea Denish works in the children’s section of the Abington Free Library and teaches preschool science. She is the author of the recently released children’s picture book,

Everyone Loves a Parade!* (Boyds Mills & Kane). Find her at www.andreadenish.com.

Andrea’s book is available at online retailers – Amazon, B&N, Indiebound.

About Rita K.

Veteran educator and Certified Reading specialist, Freelance writer
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1 Response to Raise a Reader

  1. Karen Lawler says:

    YEAAAAHHHH Andrea !!! This was well written (as usual) and I really enjoyed your reading of “Everyone Loves A Parade”. 🙂


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