Foster a Love of Reading
Magic Tree House installment by Mary Pope Osborne.
There have been several recent studies about parents reading aloud to their students and frankly, I think the findings are frightening. Thirty-four percent of parents report that they have never read a bedtime story to their child. Other parents simply stopped reading to their children once they became independent readers. The same study found that 84% of students enjoyed being read aloud to, while 68% described it as a special time with their parents (Weale, 2015). Yikes! I read with my children up until the end of middle school and I learned so much about my them in that safe and comfortable bedroom setting (plus you get to read some awesome young adult novels). Even in high school, they would say, "Mom, you have to read this book!" It was music to my ears!
Author Frank Cottrell Boyce, is passionate advocate for preserving the bedtime story. “Great ideas come from people who are able to bring their whole selves – emotional as well as rational, memory as well as logic – to bear on problems. Bedtime stories give reading an emotional depth. Why would you ever stop? This is something people have done since the days of sitting around campfires. To stop doing it now is to break the great chain of our being.”
So don't break the chain, instead add another link. Make the Roselle Library a frequent stop and check out our great assortment of books. Let us help make you and your child a lifelong storyteller!
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Kropp,L. G. (2015). Keep bedtime stories alive. School Library Journal, p. 20.
Weale, S. (2015). Bedtime story is key to literacy, says children's writer Cottrell Boyce. The
Guardin. Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/sep/26/bedtime-story-