Read Across America Day is coming up this week. If you're like our family most days begin and end with books, but other families aren't so fortunate. Time, money and lack of education all come into play.  We're sharing resources to help make reading a family priority and facts about why it's important for parents to read to children.

Related: Five favorite activities and crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss

Why Reading Matters

According to research, a parent’s positive attitude toward reading can encourage a child to develop solid language and literacy skills. Even more powerful and helpful to the child’s development is if they read aloud together.

Here's what the studies say: "Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emergent literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent. In addition, it can promote a love for reading which is even more important than improving specific literacy skills."

According to the National Literacy Trust: Parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education, while reading enjoyment is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status.

Why It’s Important for Parents to Read to Children

How Much Reading

It's never too late or too early to start reading to your child. You can start as early. Even newborns will love the sound of your voice--no judgements from them! As your child grows, increase the reading time. A good rule is to get a child between the ages of five and seven to read for 30 minutes each day. The time can be increased as the child gets older. 

Reading Resources for Parents

Ready to dive in? Here are some websites that can help.

  • United Through Reading. More than 30 years ago, this non-profit organization was created so even when military families are separated parents could continue reading to their children through the use of audio and visual tapes. Head to United Through Reading to learn more.
  • NEA: The National Education Association (NEA), is committed to advancing the cause of public education. They run the Read Across America program that has become a national movement to focus on books. Usually, much of the celebrating takes place in school. This year they've come up with nine virtual ways to celebrate Read Across America Day.
  • Seussville: This site honors all the writing of Dr. Seuss. It is chock full of activities, tips for parents, teachers, games to encourage a love of books. Head to www.seussville.com
  • Pigeon Presents: Mo Willems website is full of activities and colorful characters. It not only encourages reading, but it's also a great way to get kids being creative and doodling. Head to pigeonpresents.com/get-busy/

With March 2 marking both Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, we can't think of a better time to talk about embracing reading. We hope these resources help.

And one last tip, try to create a space somewhere in your home that's just for reading. Check out our reading nook ideas here.

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