School is out, grandparents and cousins are in town for the holidays and, chances are, families will be looking for fun things to do together. It’s a perfect time to visit the library and find some books for Grandpa to read aloud to a little one, or find your favorite childhood book to read to your own children.
“Sharing a beloved book is a wonderful way to instill a love of books in young children and create bonds between family members or friends who don’t see one another very often,” says Jessie Alexander-East, youth services manager at the Brentwood Branch Library.
“Love Books” is also one of five suggested activities for adults to share with preschoolers to help them build early literacy skills – the skills that prepare children for reading. “Love Books” is part of the library’s early learning program, Racing to Read.
You can find age-appropriate book recommendations, songs, activity ideas and upcoming library programs at the Racing to Read website, thelibrary.org/racingtoread.
Can’t leave the house? You can find a book to read online – or have one read aloud – by going to thelibrary.org/kids and click on TumbleBook Library.
Our Racing to Read storytimes also continue through the holidays at many of the library branches. You can see the full schedule at http://thelibrary.org/kids/programpod.cfm , or call your favorite branch for times and dates.
“Allowing a child to choose his or her own books is an excellent way to get a child excited about reading,” Jessie adds. “We also have many excellent, age-appropriate, beautifully illustrated non-fiction books for our young readers.”
Racing to Read offers these tips:
For more information about the library’s early literacy program, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Stephanie at 616-0585.
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