Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents begin reading to their children from the day they are born. Why? Because reading to children (even infants) is crucial to developing skills kids will need when they get to school — and that development starts on day 1.
If you’re a regular here at Novel Novice, chances are you already understand the importance of literacy and developing a love of reading early on. So I’m preaching to the choir. But if you need help finding ways to get your kids excited about reading — or you need resources to help friends and family members — I’ve compiled a list of helpful links below.
I found most of these great links and resources through SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), an Oregon nonprofit that focuses on pairing volunteer readers weekly with children in low-income schools. If you live in Oregon and want to make a difference in a child’s life, consider volunteering as a reader in your area.