Reading to kids is vital. On the Washington Post site last week, there was a terrific column including some big points. Authoritatively:
the single best predictor of how a child will do over 12 years of school is: how much s/he was read to prior to the first day of first grade.Which is why our Friends' Give a Child a Book campaign, now in its 11th year, is important to the future of our community. The library encourages parents to read to kids, encourages kids to read on their own and gives them the means. Putting books directly into the hands of children who would not otherwise get them is a big step, and our Friends group works together with other local libraries to distribute books via the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club.
if we want to change America, we need to change how parents read to their children.
This reading requires two-way interaction--lots of talk. So the parents are pushing their children, and all they need to do is read aloud, with joy and talk. Doing this is like treasure and gold for a child’s life and with libraries, does not have to cost either.
New books or cash donations may be brought to the library through Dec. 12.