Let’s Celebrate Reading!

Let’s Celebrate Reading!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It is also celebrated as Read Across America Day in many of our schools.

I must admit, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” was one of the first books our boys learned to read. It was a fun rhyming book, and not too difficult (after it had been read to you a few times). I must also admit, some of those books are tongue twisters. “Fox in Socks”, whew, you have to read that one slowly. Of course, The Cat in the Hat is a classic, fun story (and movie) that most children have had read to them.

Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 children’s books. His first one was “To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.” He also wrote books, like “Wacky Wednesday,” under the name Theo LeSieg.

Did you know there are a couple of other authors who write in the same rhyming style as Dr. Seuss?
• Robert Lopshire wrote “Put Me In the Zoo” and a few more.
• P.D. Eastman wrote “Go Dogs Go” and many more.

Back in September, we put in our monthly eNewsletter information on the importance of reading to children. Here’s a snippet…
A bedtime story was always part of the bedtime routine for our kids (two boys, now grown with children of their own). We started by reading to them, then we transitioned into reading “together” and then they read to us. I think we stopped this when they got into middle school, but they continued to read at night, and both have a love of reading to this day.

As recently as this spring, research studies are being done and concluding that reading gives children a fantastic head start in language, literacy and social skills. See… http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/infant-reading-aloud-young-children-benefits-brain-development/ It’s a great “bonding” time with your child, as well.

If you haven’t been reading with your children, you still can make it a routine.
Reading together doesn’t have to be at bedtime. It can be anytime like… before or after dinner, or first thing in the morning (if you are an early bird). After school may not be the best time, as they may want to talk about their day, but if it works for your family, by all means do it then.

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I have posted “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” to the Miss Pam Reads YouTube channel. Check it out, with your kids!

*Pam is a certified Parenting Coach in the Raleigh area.