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Reading Gets Them Ready

August 28th, 2014

Submitted by Jill Griffith, Youth Services Manager, Red Deer Public Library  

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that parents that should be reading together as a daily fun family activity from infancy, officially weighing in on early literacy education.  

Parents need to read to their children early, and often, to develop the pre-literacy skills that help children succeed once they get to school. Reading, talking and singing is important in increasing the number of words children hear in their early years. Children who have heard more words in the all-important first three years of life have a distinct advantage in school.  Reading aloud is also a fun way to pass the time for parents as well as children.  It’s an easy way of talking to even the youngest of children.  Read while they’re eating, read while they’re bouncing, keep baskets in the house and the minivan filled with books for children to randomly find.  Always read at bedtime, and let children see you read.  These simple acts will help children on their way when they enter playschool, preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grade school.  

As children head back to school, or go for the first time, make sure they go prepared.  Red Deer Public Library is excited to make it even easier to access literacy by opening their third branch in the Timberlands neighbourhood on September 5th.  Library cards are free for children at all branches – Downtown, Dawe and Timberlands – so drop by and sign your children up for school success.  Here are a few titles to get them excited about school this fall:


The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School                               Deborah Diesen

Planet Kindergarten                                                    Sue Ganz-Schmitt                        

The Little School Bus                                                  Margey Cuyler                       

A Day at School                                                         Severine Cordier

Splat the Cat and the Cool School Trip                         Rob Scotton

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School                Bill Martin

Otto Goes to School                                                   Todd Parr

Gus, the Dinosaur Bus                                                Siyuan Liu

We also have many educational dvds, ebooks and of course our AWE Early Literacy Workstations with 60 educational games to prepare children for school.  See you at the Library!

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