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What reading experts say:
If young children enjoy reading with a parent as much as playing games and other activities, they are more likely to develop into successful, life-long readers. Make reading with your child one of the most enjoyable times of the day. Snuggle up and enjoy a book with your child every day.

It is also important for your child to see you and all members of your family reading for pleasure. Show your child how important reading is in your life and talk about how much you enjoy reading.

What good readers know:
Children who love reading rely on books as much as they do toys for learning and fun. They act out their favorite stories with puppets and props, they ask to be read to throughout the day, they are excited during shared reading time and they ask to visit the Library. Good readers also "read" or recite favorite books to adults.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Go to the Library and sign up your child for "My First Library Card." Pick up a copy of the fall youth program brochure.
Week 2:
Talk about the concept of "days" and "months." Count the number of days in September. Count the number of months in the calendar. Look at the date in September 2014 that your child starts kindergarten. Explain that you are going to count down the days until kindergarten begins.
Week 3:
Read five books from the "Counting" booklist. Make a tally mark for each book you read.
Week 4:
Help your child mark important dates on the calendar: birthdays, family vacations, holidays and other events.

Activities - Counting:
  1. Clean up time is a great time to count objects. Have your child count the number of specific items as you clean up. “How many cars did we clean up?”
  2. Encourage your child to help sort the wash into different colors or count and match similar items such as socks.
  3. Sing your child’s favorite counting song or nursery rhyme. Have your child use their fingers to count the number of objects in the song. Clapping their hands or stomping their feet to the beat is a fun way to get your child counting as well. Use a musical instrument and have your child count the number of times you make the noise.

More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)