"Preschoolers need food, shelter, and love; they also need the nourishment of books."
—Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst, Dialogic Reading

FAMILY reading ACTIVITIES


☐ Read a story to a baby
☐ Read a story in bed
☐ Read a story in a rocking chair
☐ Read a story in a garden/park

☐ Read a story In the bathroom
☐ Put a basket of children's books in the bathroom
☐ Read a story at wake up time
☐ Read a story at breakfast time
☐ Read a story at snack time
☐ Read 2 stories at nap time
☐ Go to the library
☐ Buy an inexpensive, gently used book at thrift store
☐ Put a bag of picture books in the car
☐ Listen to an audiobook in the car or home
☐ Read a story in the kitchen
☐ Read a story in the bathtub
☐ Read the same book twice (or more)
☐ Read at least one story everyday for a week


When you have checked off every activity on this list your children will be well on their way to becoming ready to read. 
CONGRATULATIONS!


"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

—Emilie Buckwald


online resources


"BFPP is a partner with Read Aloud 15 Minutes and this link to their Why Read Aloud page reminds us why it is so important to read aloud to our children and to all children."


"I believe that SO many more children would arrive at school ready to learn to read,  if every library would offer this exciting early literacy resource to the parents of babies and young children in their community. Will YOU help the Book Fairy and ask YOUR library to offer it?"


"Reading to infants and babies is a new idea for many new parents, grandparents, and caregivers. This site makes a strong case for the bonding and reading readiness preparation that is happening when we read to our babies."


"I call Jim Trelease the 'King' of citing the vast benefits of reading aloud to children. I have learned so much from him. "


"And, I call Mem Fox the 'Queen' of the art and magic of reading aloud to children. She inspires me."


"My Parent & Family is my hometown parenting paper. You can read my 'Recipes for Reading' column in each bi-monthly issue."


"This site has one of the best descriptions and explanations of dialogic reading. Look for my upcoming, 'Sharing Stories' article, inspired by Grover Whitehurst's dialogic reading work."


"I so admire what Dolly has done for so many lucky children. Imagine, a children's library in your own home. You can check her website to see if her program is sponsored in your area. "


"PJ Library mails some of the finest children's books I have seen, to children enrolled in their generous program. "

"These next four websites have a wealth of family literacy resources and were very useful in developing this project:"


"Born Reading has some of the most creative book sharing ideas I have seen on any site."


"This link is to Rosemary Wells' Letter to Parents, that really inspired me."


"This is the most  parent friendly description I have seen of the five early literacy activities from the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library program."


"Reading aloud to our children builds the foundation of literacy they will need to learn to read and it builds the parent-child bond children need to thrive. The Connection Parenting website is a wealth of resources on building the parent-child bond."


"Children learn best from stories in their mother tongue. This website gives parents the resource to provide that for their children."


"Singing with children is as important as reading with them. This is my favorite literacy through music resource!"


For literacy statistics: BeginToRead.com/research/literacystatistics.html

Another great resource:  KindredMedia.org


books

"These are currently the six most important books on reading aloud to children that I recommend to parents:"

































































audio books

"I am a BIG fan of audiobooks. When I am driving alone, I am never alone. I am with brilliant minds, like Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest, and enchanting storytellers like Gail Carson Levine and Mary Pope Osborne. I have I introduced all my grandchildren to audiobooks, and they all love them too."


happier ever after

Pam Leo's article published in the Parent & Family paper in the August/September 2003 issue.

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"Talking to babies, as much as possible, is even more important, and even easier than reading to them. They need both."








"Reading to infants and babies is a new idea for many new parents, grandparents, and caregivers. This book makes a strong case for the bonding and reading readiness preparation that is happening when we read to our babies."





"And, I call Mem Fox the 'Queen' of the art and magic of reading aloud to children. She inspires me."







"I call Jim Trelease the 'King' of citing the vast benefits of reading aloud to children. I have learned so much from him. "








"Born Reading has some of the most creative book sharing ideas I have seen in any book."









"Connection Parenting is the book I wrote, based on my seven week parenting series, Meeting the Needs of Children. It is filled with resources to support parents and caregivers in building the bonds of connection families need to thrive."





"This book is important for far more reasons than literacy. What Dr. Suskind reveals in this book is information that needs to be read by every parent, professional, and policymaker who cares about a better future for all children. We know how to bridge the thirty million word disparity, between what children in impoverished language environments hear, and what the children in language rich environments hear. To equalize the language environments for all children is free, and all parents have the ability to do it. If ever there was a must read book...I pick this one."

Books change children's

lives...for good!

Food pantries can feed children's bodies & minds!