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The value of reading to children is undeniable. It should be continued as long as possible. Below are some hints about how to keep reading to your older children from The Five Minute Librarian.
1. Start a book that's above your child's reading level. This helps build vocabulary and comprehension. People learn words by hearing them in context and can understand at a level above what they can read.
2. Try reading funny books, laughing is more fun together.
3. Have your child pick out a special bedtime book and other books for during the day from the library. If your child can't choose, have them read the first page of each and then make their decision.
4. Try reading short stories or fairy tales at night so there's no compulsion to read the book the next day. This could be a collection of Disney stories, Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, or any other story collection. Older kids (6th, 7th and 9th graders) who like scary stories could even be introduced to Edgar Allen Poe's horror stories.
5. Listen to audio books together in the car. We have added several audio books on CD recently that are children's classics. Audio books can also be downloaded from Overdrive to a phone. Many newer vehicles will connect books on the phone to the car's sound system. There are many in the Kids and Teens sections of our digital library that could start a good discussion with your tween or teen.
The library also had a series of books called, "We Both Read" that have alternating pages. One for a child to read, and the next page for an adult to read. These books are designed for children from Preschool to 4th grade.
If all else fails, you can each grab your own book and read next to each other. Then, if you or your child come across something fun or interesting, you can share it with each other. Parents who read tend to have kids who read.
State Facts for Students
What does the census do with all the information it collects? It keeps your information private, but it counts the information in categories so we can find statistics about our state and the country as a whole. For example, they add up how many children there are in each state by age and gender. They also count businesses including toy stores, amusement parks, and ice cream shops. The census had created a page just for kids to tell about things that might be interesting to them. Check it out at State Facts for Students!
Junior Library Guild Providing Free eBooks Until May 31
Junior Library Guild is providing free access to children's books until May 31. To find books to read, go to http://jlg.ipublishcentral.com You can choose to select from Elementary, Middle School, or High School Level books by entering the appropriate username and password. The usernames and passwords must be entered in capital letters.
Elementary Level - User Name: JLGELM Password: JLGFREE
Middle School Level - User Name: JLGMID Password: JLGFREE
For Bad Kitty Fans
A free downloadable coloring book, Bad Kitty Wash Your Paws, available at
https://www.badkittybooks.com/books/bad-kitty-wash-your-paws/ in it Kitty learns how and when to wash her paws.
Fun Games that Promote Learning
PBS Kids in conjunction with ABC Mouse has a page full of fun games that build skills for kids. Try a few at https://pbskids.org/