Articles Written By: Anne-Marie Fitzgerald

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Encouraging Reluctant Readers: Tips to Get Your Child Excited About Books

We all know the tale of the groundhog who fears his shadow. If he catches a glimpse of it on February 2, he burrows back into his hole and winter weather continues for six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring arrives sooner. Just as the groundhog disappears back underground at the sight of his shadow, some children immediately retreat when they see books. It is our job as parents and educators to coax these reluctant readers out of…

Ask the Experts Q&A: Common Reading and Literacy Questions

For my first post of 2014, I decided to answer some questions that parents of young children often have around reading and literacy. To get the best information, I went directly to several of our Reach Out and Read pediatricians and literacy experts. I hope these answers help guide you and your family as you begin a new year of reading aloud to your little ones! QUESTION: My toddler wants me to read the same book over and over to…

Celebrating Cultures Through Books

‘Tis the season for hustle and bustle: A month with so much to do that we wish for extra hours in the day. But, despite the busyness of December, it also offers us a chance to slow down and spend some extra time with our little ones. There’s no better way to bond with children than through reading, and now is the perfect time for your family to choose books about a variety of cultures and their holiday traditions. “Books,…

Books Build Better Brains

As parents, we want what’s best for our children. We make sure they have food, clothes, a warm bed to sleep in, and plenty of love. We kiss their skinned knees and help chase away their bad dreams. We take them to the park and the zoo, to doctor’s appointments and dance recitals. We read to them. To ensure children have the best in life – the best language skills, vocabulary, and the best chances for success – it is…

Checking in on Your Child’s Literacy: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Needlman

By now, the school year is in full swing and most families are comfortably settled into fall routines. But busy schedules often leave both parents and children running between after-school activities, sporting events, religious classes, and more. Although life can be hectic in the fall, now is a good time for parents to take a moment to check in with their child – and their child’s teacher if need be – about how things are going in regard to reading.…

Navigating Life Transitions: How Books Can Help Children Accept Change

One thing is certain about change – it can be difficult. And for children, it’s no exception. Life changes, such as starting a new school, dealing with divorce or even welcoming a new sibling, can be scary and stressful to little ones. Luckily, there is a wide selection of books for children written on these topics (and other similar ones) that can help support children as they navigate through life’s transitions. Books provide a concrete foundation for children to discuss…