The weather is getting cooler which means more time indoors with your little ones. What better time to celebrate reading and enjoy a good book with your kids?
Introducing children to books at an early age can have an incredibly profound effect on their brains. Local libraries offer great resources for parents, such as the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The goal of this particular program is to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers through parent/child bonding. And library cards are free, so help your child take ownership of their own learning experiences by visiting your local library and choosing the books they want to read.
Can’t make it to the library? There are still lots of ways to expose your children to the wonders of reading. One option is purchasing a subscription to magazines like Highlights or a program like Epic! – a digital learning library for kids 12 and under ($7.99/month).
PBS Kids is also a huge proponent of literacy and learning, and has made reading fun by offering an app filled with reading games for kids based on popular PBS programming like Sesame Street, Super Why, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and more.
Book publishers like Scholastic also want to make reading fun by publishing book series like The Hunger Games Trilogy, Twilight, and the oh-so-famous Harry Potter books. This series is my daughter's favorite, and the wizarding world of Harry Potter turns 20 this year.
To prepare for such a momentous anniversary, Scholastic is rolling out all-new covers and boxed sets this month. This just happens to coincide with elementary school book fairs.
So, whether you're curled up at home with your favorite Harry Potter book or enjoying story time at your local library, invite your children to get in on the fun of diving into a literary world. You won't regret it!
Avery has worked as an assistant professor in the Communication and Media Studies Department at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor since 2005. She is the Program Coordinator for the PR degree and oversees student internships. She earned her Accreditation in PR (APR) in 2015. She teaches classes in journalism, editing, public relations and social media. Avery also serves as a Subject-Matter-Expert in communication for UMHB’s myWay program. She earned an MA degree in Mass Communication at Texas State University and a BS degree in Journalism/Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. Avery and her husband Chad have two beautiful girls, Anya and Elise. When she is not teaching or chauffeuring kiddos to and from activities, she enjoys traveling.