Read Across America Day 2021 is March 2.
The National Education Association established the holiday 22 years ago to celebrate literacy.
With this special day in mind, students across the country are getting ready for book-filled celebrations and flexing their early literacy skills.
At Primrose, we also use this special day as an opportunity to give back and to support literacy in children everywhere through our Og’s Bountiful Book Drive. Our young students spend the month of February collecting new or gently used books that are then donated to local libraries, hospitals, schools or nonprofits.
One of the most important foundations for success in school and later in life is learning to love reading. You can help your child become a successful reader by providing a literacy-rich environment that makes reading enjoyable. Children naturally gravitate to their favorite books, and you can tell by the looks on their faces when they open one that they know there’s magic inside.
Here are some tips to encourage children’s appreciation and love of reading:
- Read stories to your little ones daily, starting in infancy.
- Encourage older children (preschool and above) to “read” stories to you.
- Ask your child’s teacher for a list of books they read in class.
- Keep books in the car for “waiting” times or long trips.
- Talk about characters in the stories and their actions.
- Help older (preschool and above) children create books with their own stories about something you did together.
Looking for some suggestions to incorporate more literacy into your little one’s routine? See our book list below and check out this blog, 5 Tips to Strengthen Early Literacy Skills.
- “Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping”
- “The Family Book”
- “Flutter! Fly! (Indestructibles Series)”
- “Bright Baby Colors”
- “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”
- “Baby Faces Peekaboo!”