National Reading Month!

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” -Roald Dahl from Matilda

Teaching children a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts we can pass down to them. If you have any doubt why kids should read, then start here.

February is “I Heart Reading Month” and there are great activities to challenge kids to read like maniacs:

-Education.com has an “I Heart Reading” contest. If you commit to helping your child read four books by March 2nd, they will be entered to win a Kindle prize pack (which includes a Kindle, $250 Amazon gift card, and a t-shirt).

-Reading Bingo is always a hit with my students. Grab a free printable Bingo sheet here.

-Amazon has a great list of recommended books by age group. Check it out!

Have a child who doesn’t love reading? There are still tons of great options to get them interested. Try these:

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Kids also enjoy reading about themselves. Since my kids were babies, their grandmothers and I have made them little scrapbooks on Shutterfly that include photos of the kids and captions that they love to revisit and read.

Kids can also make their own books! Most teacher stores have blank booklets that kids can illustrate and author themselves. Blank books can easily be homemade too. Here is a handy-dandy tutorial.

If your child or student is more artistic, there is a fantastic line of books at Story Lines that tell a story but leave the illustrating to them. My daughter is a big fan. These are also my go-to for birthday gifts for kids.

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Just because a child reaches a certain age doesn’t mean they have to read books in that age range.  It’s great for them to have books that make them feel successful. I always have picture books on my bookshelf. Even my most advanced 5th and 6th grader enjoyed the story a good picture book has to tell. My favorite picture book author is David Wiesner. His tales are so engaging and imaginative and tell wonderful stories though most have no words at all. His latest story, Mr. Wuffles!, will have even the grumpiest reader hooked. Wiesner can tell you more about the story’s inception:

Of course, the best way to teach your kids a love of reading is to model it yourself. Part of my kids’ daily homework is 30-minutes of silent reading time. I make sure to sit down with my book and read during this time too. Make a reading goal for yourself this month and lose yourself in a good book. Thanks!

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