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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.

Can Watching TV Improve Literacy Skills?

July 28,2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to minimize screen time. We agree: far too many children watch excessive amounts of TV.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents could just throw a switch to turn all that TV time into educational time? Wait! There is just such a switch and it is a standard feature on many of today’s televisions. It is called the closed captioning or subtitles feature.

Research shows that subtitles and captions offer many benefits including helping with word identification and meaning. Subtitles help pre-readers become more familiar with the printed word so by the time they are asked to read printed material at least some words are more familiar to them. Furthermore, subtitles and captions can help readers improve comprehension compared to watching TV without them.

So, next time you permit your children to watch a mindless show on television, switch on closed captioning — and turn on their minds as well.