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Reading to Your Child Is Essential
By: Librarian Lin Edmonston
This has been a busy year in the Rossman Library! We’ve had visiting authors, pirates, coding, research, and tons of reading going on. All families have barcodes and book check out is recommended. Parents frequently ask for book suggestions for their children when visiting the library, and I am more than happy to help. In addition to personal recommendations there are many good websites reviewing children’s books.
- Common Sense Media — Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a rapidly changing world. I heartily recommend this website for not only book reviews but also movie and game reviews.
- Reading Rockets
- Kids Read
- Read Kiddo Read — An interesting James Patterson website
The St. Louis County Library has reading lists also and a special Summer Reading Program. Find more information here.
I can’t stress enough the importance of reading with your child from birth on. Even when they are reading independently this is a valuable resource and a wonderful time to spend together. Research has shown children who are read to at an early age and beyond are much more successful in school. The national Read Aloud campaign is dedicated to encouraging families to read together. “There is an easy way to improve your child's chances at school,” the campaign says in its article “Why Read Aloud.” “It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free. Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn't. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.”
This insightful article also includes additional information and comments by pediatricians.