**Resolutions for Parents on Raising a Reader
1. Raising a Reader: Read aloud to your children every day.
According to Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read, “The more models of fluent reading the children hear, the better….Reading to children also increases their knowledge of the world, their vocabulary, their familiarity with written language (‘book language’), and their interest in reading.” If you have young children and want to learn more about the joys of reading aloud, read Mem Fox’s Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever.
Many families enjoy a 20-30 minute read-aloud time just before bedtime. Start reading aloud to your children on a daily basis when they are babies. Keep reading to them up through elementary school and later. As they get to be independent readers, continue to read aloud to your children but also give them time to read aloud to you. For information on the how, why, and what of reading aloud, I recommend The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.
2. Raising a Reader: Get a library card.
Public libraries are wonderful. You can save money at your public libraryby taking advantage of all of the resources it offers. It is easy to get a library card. In most cases, all you need is identification verifying that you live in the area served by the library. If your children are old enough, they need to get their own cards and learn to keep track of their borrowed books so as to get them back on time.
Once you have a card, ask the librarian to show you and your children around the children’s section and show you how to use the card catalog (generally computerized). If your children have special interests (favorite subjects, authors, etc.), make sure they ask the librarian how to locate books related to them.