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Education Matters

This Winter, Read Together

November 1st, 2016

By Karen Drok


Winter can be a wonderful season for children! Skating on outdoor rinks, skiing, tobogganing, and even just making snow angels are part of growing up in Alberta.


Another perfect winter activity is spending time reading aloud together, especially when it’s too cold to be outside or on chilly evenings. And it’s not just for preschoolers - keep reading to your kids even when they’re in school, and let them start reading to you! Not only is it enjoyable for adults and children alike, reading aloud also comes with many advantages:


  •    Reading as a family builds relationships. When you take the time to snuggle with a good book together, these will become memorable moments for parents and children alike. By reading with your child from an early age, reading will become a bonding activity and encourage children to become readers.


  •    If parents model reading as an enjoyable pastime, reading will become more enjoyable for children. It’s also great for a child to see adults enjoying books!


  •    Reading about new experiences teaches coping skills and prepares children as they learn through characters’ experiences.


  •    Reading with your child gives them an extra boost to prepare them for school, as reading builds vocabulary, reinforces basic speech and reading skills, and more.


  •    Reading builds confidence and communication skills. As children are exposed to more situations that characters experience, they, in turn, will feel more confident in their ability to respond to similar situations, while also building thinking skills. Take time to examine pictures and ask questions during a story and talk with your child about what’s happening in the book.


Here are a few suggested titles for families to read together this winter, from picture books to chapter books:


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault


The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems


The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


Ramona series by Beverly Cleary


Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Did you have a favourite book as a child? Make new memories by sharing your favourite books with your child! Also be sure to check out the many other titles available at any of Red Deer Public Library’s three branches or attend one of our drop-in storytimes with your child on a wintery day. No matter what winter activities you and your family enjoy together this year, keep it fun!


Karen Drok is Manager of Red Deer Public Library’s Timberlands Branch.


Tags: advice, Books, kids

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