It’s summer, so kids everywhere are participating in summer reading programs and hopefully reading every day. Parents and librarians know that some kids have no problem meeting their reading goals while others are less eager to spend their time reading. One way parents can help encourage their children to read is by reading aloud together.
Many parents are probably already reading aloud to children who are still to young to read to themselves, but as librarians, we can’t take for granted that all parents know how important reading is to their child’s education. Also, once kids start reading independently, reading aloud is often dropped from the bedtime story routine, but reading aloud doesn’t have to end there. Reading aloud to older kids is a great way to encourage reading, especially among reluctant readers.
Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 “to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.” While librarians are often well versed in the importance of reading, the Read Aloud site has great resources for helping you feel more prepared to convey the importance of reading to parents in your community:
The Read Aloud site also has many downloadable posters and handouts you can print out, such as a reading calendar to help track days of reading. July is “Seize the Summer” month, which encourages reading to stop the summer slide, so it pairs perfectly with the summer reading program you are already running. For more information, you can subscribe to the Read Aloud newsletter. To become more involved, you can also sign up become a campaign partner, with no financial commitment on your part.
Is your library already participating in the Read Aloud campaign? How do you encourage reading aloud at your library? Share your stories in the comments!