September is National Literacy Month, a time to encourage the young people in your life to go to the library, pick up a good book, and explore new worlds.
By getting books in the hands of kids, you can help engage these young readers in their learning and help them see how school, community, and the world beyond are connected. That is one way that parents, educators, and other caring adults join forces to meet the needs of the whole child.
So, take your youngest reader to the library, get some great books, and sit down together to read out loud. Help your more advanced readers find books they’ll enjoy on their own. You can even set up an account with your local library to borrow e-books that can be downloaded to smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Kids can get new books to read sitting in their living rooms.
Take time to share the reading experience with the children in your life. Ask them to read their favorite books to you and then ask questions about them. Talk about your favorite books and authors, and ask your young readers about theirs. You might be surprised how much fun it can be for both you and the children in your life.
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