Read Across America

Book Hunters in Brief #115: Even Better Read Aloud

Most parents will tell you that there are books that they love to read that their kids sniff at, and there are books their kids adore that they. themselves, have grown to groan at--I, myself, was forced to read Honey Bunny Funnybunny for something like one hundred seventy-three consecutive nights before my daughter finally decided it was time to move on.

Then there are the magical few books that parent and child love equally. This week, In celebration of Read Aloud Month, Book Hunters in Brief has selected some particularly fun reads to share with your young ones. We hope one of them strikes a chord with you and your child.

Read Aloud & Proud! Read Across America @ your Library

March is Read Aloud Month and what better way to kick it off than a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the NEA’s annual Read Across America. All 26 Harris County Public Library branches will be having special Seussian story times to encourage all children to celebrate the pleasures of reading all year long!

Read Aloud Month encourages parents to read to their children for at least fifteen minutes every day starting at birth. Why is this important? Because study after study has shown its lifelong benefits:

  • Reading aloud to your child spurs language-development (even before they talk);
  • it greatly increases your child’s working vocabulary;
  • it builds listening skills, curiosity and memory-development;
  • it helps children better cope with stress;
  • it gives children a positive association with reading which in turn makes it more likely that they will read for pleasure throughout their lives.
  • Children and teens who read for pleasure have a much better chance of success in school;
  • Adults who read for pleasure tend to have better paying jobs, and lead happier, more productive lives.
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