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Trick or Treat

October 23,2019

Halloween is full of teachable moments that can be fun for new readers. Here are a few things you might say to reinforce reading skills this time of year:

  • “So you want to be a ghost for Halloween. What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word “ghost”?
  • “Can you think of any candy that starts with the Sssss sound?”
  • “What candy name rhymes with ‘flickers’?”
  • “Look at all your Halloween candy! You can eat one piece right now if you can find a candy bar wrapper with the letter “H” on it.”
  • “Let’s see if we can find any books about Halloween at the library.”

With just a little bit of thought, tricky parents can make learning to read a treat this Halloween and all year long!

Books Build Brains

September 10,2019

Recent research proves what so many teachers have suspected for years: books literally help to build brains.

Scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study what was going on in preschoolers’ brains as they listened to stories. They found that children with parents who read to them regularly and had more books in the home literally showed more brain activity when listening to an age-appropriate story: the fMRI showed significantly greater activation in the parts of the brain that support imagery and narrative comprehension as well as the part that processes visual association. This, despite the fact that the children were just listening to a story and could not see any pictures.

So keep going to the library and keep reading books. Provide a literacy-rich environment and help build the brains around you.

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August 22,2019

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a library to raise a reader.

This isn’t an exaggeration – just do the math. If you read to your child 20 minutes a day for the first five years of life (although we hope you keep reading through elementary school and beyond), just think how many children’s books you’d read before the first day of Kindergarten. Twenty minutes a day for five years translates into more than 25 solid days of doing nothing but reading! Assuming you’re able to read an average of four picture books per hour that means you’ll need 2400 children’s books! And where can you find that many books? The library, of course!

So to raise your reader(s), head to the library and check out some books. And while you are there ask your library to add Budding Reader eBooks to their digital collections (via OverDrive, 3M, or Baker & Taylor). That way our eBooks will be available to all emergent readers in your community, including your own. When you check out Budding Reader eBook’s you’ll discover what we already know: all those hours of reading to your child were worth it, the first time you hear your child read to you.