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Take Time to Read With Your Child

Take Time to Read With Your Child

Fifteen minutes is all it takes to build key reading skills and the time to start the habit is now. Here are seven ways to build a better reader from birth to age five!*

  1. Create reading rituals and read together every day.
  2. Snuggle up close with a book.
  3. Talk about the pictures and ask questions.
  4. Share different kinds of books.
  5. Read with expression.
  6. Read favorite books again and again.
  7. Record yourself reading and play it on car trips or as an alternative to television.
“Good readers are made on the lap of a parent, grandparent or other loving adult!”

* Thanks to The Literacy Site at for this list.

  • You can search the catalog to find great Children’s books, including lists of award winners.
  • E-books are available to instantly download and read together on your internet enabled devices.
  • Of course, our Children’s Room is a great resource with selections for all ages.

Take Time To Read With Your Child

Reading Aloud DOES Matter!

  • More than 1 in 3 children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifelong learning.
  • Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help your child prepare to read and learn.
  • More than 3.1 million children are read to by family members fewer than three times a week.
  • Only 48% of young children in the U.S. are read to each day.

Why Read Aloud?

  • Language Development
  • Instill a Love of Reading
  • Knowledge Gained and Shared
  • Literacy Skill Building
  • Brain Development
  • Bonding
Just 15 Minutes a Day is all it Takes!

Reading 15 minutes a day for 5 years = 27,375 minutes!
That’s 456.25 HOURS!

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. Find out more at; also, see them on Facebook and #‎readaloud.

Take Time to Read With Your Child

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Take Time to Read in 2018

Let’s all remember to “Take Time to Read” this year, even during our busiest moments. Visit our website each week in January to discover new lists of short fiction and non-fiction that will have you reading in no time.

Additional ways to read more books this year (from

  • Download books to your smartphone.
  • Set daily reading goals – try 20 pages, or 45 minutes per day.
  • Read before bed every night.
  • Keep a stack of tempting books on hand.
  • Read aloud – to a child, friend, or loved one of any age!

We’ll start the month with a list of Short Classic Fiction – ones you can read in a weekend, while you’re waiting for an oil change, or while your child is at dance or sports practice:

Take Time to Read Short Classic Fiction Book Cover Collage

Short Classic Fiction:

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus, 123 pages
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 166 pages
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 55 pages
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot, 160 pages
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 96 pages
  • Passing by Nella Larsen, 102 pages
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 180 pages
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 128 pages
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 72 pages
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 182 pages
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, 96 pages
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather, 128 pages
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 144 pages
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, 77 pages
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 128 pages
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 64 pages!
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, 180 pages
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 160 pages
  • Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville, 160 pages
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 80 pages!
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck, 96 pages
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, 160 pages
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell, 140 pages

Take Time to Read

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