The Library partnered with the Ad Council, Universal Partnerships & Licensing and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company to develop public service announcements featuring the iconic characters from the Curious George series to encourage parents to read with their children. The television, print and outdoor PSAs feature George and his best friend and mentor, “The Man in the Yellow Hat” reading books together asking parents to “Read to your child today and inspire a lifelong love of reading.”
Getting Excited about Reading:
Give your child the choice to read what they want. It helps them create their own identity and interest in reading.
- Find authors your child likes to build connections and excitement about reading
- Choose all kinds of books, such as non-fiction, fiction and certain themes. It exposes them to various kinds of literature and also helps them determine their personal preference.
- Suggest books that build on personal experiences such as friendship, family, trips, pets or sports.
- Think about the 3 I’s: Interest, Integration and Invention.
- Find the book award winners at your school library or public library.
- Read aloud to your child and with your child. Take turns reading a book with them – this promotes confidence and builds great relationships with literature.
- Older children benefit from reading aloud – hearing an adult read with fluency and discussing a book with an adult have great benefits.
- Research has shown that reading aloud to your child:
- Increases their vocabulary
- Improves their attention span
- Nurtures emotional development
- Stimulates imagination
- Creates understanding of other cultures and lifestyles
- Improves problem-solving and critical thinking skill
Hints for Reading Aloud:
- Choose a book that lends itself to reading aloud – folktales, funny or scary books are always fun.
- Make reading time special. Find a cozy, comfortable place to read.
- Be versatile. You read to them or they read to you. Take turns.
- Introduce the author and illustrator. Discuss what they do with your child. Saying the name of the author and illustrator makes the connection that books are created by real people.
- Talk about the book – ask questions about what they liked and did not like, what they found interesting, and more.
- Show the pictures while you read.
- Read with expression.
- Read together EVERY DAY!
What can get a child to read a book?
The 3 I’s:
- Interest: When a child wants a book for information and/or enjoyment.
- Build on their interests, hobbies, favorite activities or a trip you have taken by asking them if they would like a book about one of these topics.
- Integration: Using reading as a connection to other subjects – math, science, art, sports, music and more.
- Find out what real-world topics your child is interested in and suggest areas of the library or bookstore that have books on that topic. Connect reading to at-home experiences. For example, finding a book on machines would help explain why a toy or clock is not working at home.
- Invention: Creating something that relates to a book.
- Reading that initiates or inspires creations or inventions motivates many children. For example, a child who has read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” may want to create porridge that Papa Bear would enjoy. Reading with invention in mind is spontaneous and often occurs after reading is finished. The creativeness involved with this motivation allows children to further their reading interests and “invent” themselves.