Encourage kids in joy of reading

Letter: Chris Hansen-FitzMaurice Grangeville

Idaho Family Reading Week takes place Nov. 16-22. All around the state, adults and children will participate in literacy activities in homes, schools and libraries. Idaho Reading Week is sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. Every day, as a public educator, I am able to witness the joy that children experience as they listen to stories and learn to read on their own. Favorite nursery rhymes, fairy tales, animal books, and many others line the classroom shelves and library shelves. Children are always excited to check out new books to share at home with their families. Idaho Family Reading Week encourages families to read together each day. Families are instrumental in helping their children become strong readers. Families can check out books from the local libraries or purchase books at Syringa Thrift Shop or local stores. Young children enjoy looking at the pictures and talking about the story as it is being read aloud to them. The book and its characters can come alive as an adult reads the story with expression and delight. What a cozy way to end a busy day with a book and an eager listener! As Emilie Buchwald states, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

While Idaho Reading Week is set for this week, reading can happen every day in homes, schools and libraries. So, check out the local library for great books or visit the website for the Idaho Commission for Libraries and click on Read to Me or Idaho Family Reading Week for a list of activities and suggested books for children of all ages.

Chris Hansen-FitzMaurice

GEMS k-1 teacher

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