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National Reading Month

3/1/2019
 
To kick off NEA’s Read Across America and National Reading Month, we’re happy to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 and the entire month of March. NEA (National Education Association Read Across America) is an annual reading awareness program created to celebrate and foster a love of reading. Studies show that early reading leads to success in school performance and positive mental health as well.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER GREAT BENEFITS TO READING:
  • Much of a child’s learning capacity is established under 3 years old
  • Under 3 years old, a child’s brain grows up to 90% of their eventual adult size
  • Reading aloud just 15-30 minutes each day to your child starting at birth enhances a child’s learning capacity, language skills, and later reading success 
  • Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help children prepare for learning and reading
  • Studies show that parents who emphasize reading as entertainment and for enjoyment develop their children’s love for reading and positive attitude towards reading later in life
  • Sadly, studies show that the amount of television a child watches in one day is equivalent to the amount they read for fun in one week
  • Even if your children are already reading, reading aloud to your child or listening to audio books on road trips can benefit their auditory learning skills as well as be a great bonding opportunity for your family
CHECK OUT THESE GREAT WAYS TO CELEBRATE READING AROUND TOWN:
  1. Big Kid Book Club- If you have a 3-5 year, old not yet enrolled in kindergarten, in just a few minutes you can enroll your kiddo online to receive a FREE BOOK in the mail every month. 
  2. Bravo Peoria! Saturday, March 2,  the City of Peoria and Friends of the Library will be hosting a party from 9am to 1pm with face painting, jugglers, a book sale, cowboys and much more.
  3. Check out this great Grade Reading List from Phoenix Public Library. 
  4. Sit, Stay and Read! Check this out! Your kiddo can go to the library and read to a dog. Wow! Let’s hear a cheer for the Phoenix Public Library and all the great programs they have to offer!
  5. Your child can’t read yet? No problem. Click here for a wonderful list of activities to prepare your little one to read. 
HAPPY READING MONTH!

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