National Young Readers Week has been an annual event since 1989. It is held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Events such as these promote the importance of reading, especially from a young age. Geary County Schools participates in a reading incentive with McDonald’s which gives a free ice cream cone for high reading scores!
Parents and guardians also play a critical role in helping their children develop not only the ability to read but also an enjoyment of reading.
- Turn off the screens. Start by limiting your family’s screen viewing time.
- Teach by example. If you have books, newspapers, and magazines around your house, and your child sees you reading, then your child will learn that you value reading.
- Read together. Reading with your child is a great activity. Reading not only teaches your child that reading is important to you, but it also offers a chance to talk about the book.
- Go to the library. Try finding library books about current issues or interests in your family’s or child’s life, and then reading them together. For example, read a book about going to the dentist prior to your child’s next dental exam. If your child is obsessed with dragons, ask your librarian to recommend a good dragon novel for your child.
By working together, parents, guardians, and schools can raise awareness around the importance of reading. This week take a moment to share your favorite books with your young readers and if they need ideas on what books to read here check out the New York Times Best Sellers for Children’s Series.