Friday, May 12, 2017

The Power of Reading Aloud

Earlier this month, our Public Information Coordinator Tabitha Whetstine transformed into Super Girl and set out on a mission to read aloud to the children at several child care centers in our community!  

Tabitha read “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, “Clifford the Firehouse Dog” by Norman Bridwell and “Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Helper” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson.

By reading aloud to the young children at the child care centers, Tabitha exposed them to more words, sparked their curiosity, and gave them more reasons to love books!  In fact, reading aloud to young children promotes language development and early literacy skills, such as word sound awareness, understanding how stories work, recognition of sounds and letters, knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary and the ability to listen. 

All of these skills are essential as children start school and learn to read. 

Click here to learn about the benefits of reading aloud and to download free reading resources for parents and educators. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

9 Children's Books to Read Aloud This Spring

Did you know that children who are introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age?  Since it's never too late to make reading aloud a daily routine with your child, we've compiled a list of our favorite spring-themed children's books that your children are sure to love!

I See Spring by Charles Ghigna (Ages 2-5)

Rooting for You by Susan Hood (Ages 2-5)

Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer by Susan Hood (Ages 2-6)

Hurray for Spring by Patricia Hubbell (Ages 3-5) 

Olaf Welcomes Spring by Brittany Rubiano (Ages 3-5) 

Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (Ages 3-7) 

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano (Ages 4-7) 

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes (Ages 4-8) 

Come Along Daisy! by Jane Simmons (Ages 5-8) 

Click here to learn more about the benefits of reading aloud.