8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month with your Child
May is Get Caught Reading Month!
At Raising Readers, we love any reason to celebrate good books. So, it’s no surprise that May is one of our favorite months because we celebrate not one but TWO events! Children’s Book Week (April 30th -May 6th) falls during the first week of Get Caught Reading Month. Both campaigns are managed by Every Child a Reader which supports anyone and everyone –parents, educators, librarians, booksellers, and non-profits — who inspires children to enjoy reading all year long!
Here are some ways you and your family celebrate children’s book week and…
Get caught reading:
- When you wake up.
Bedtime is the usual go-to for story time. Mix up your routine, and try waking your little one with a read aloud.
- In the car while you’re driving.
Audiobooks are a great way to have a shared reading experience with your little one. Don’t worry if you don’t have an audiobook app. Many public libraries have audiobooks to check out just as you would a physical book. All you need is a library card.
- At the library.In addition to audio books, public libraries have weekly events for children of all ages. From infant and toddler story hours all the way to teen/young-adult programming, see what your local library offers.
- While you’re out and about.
Sneek some books in your diaper bag, purse, or resusable shopping bag and get caught reading while you’re waiting with your little in line at the grocery store, sipping coffee at your favorite coffee shop, or waiting in the waiting room at your doctor’s office.
- At the kitchen table.
While your family is waiting for a meal to finish cooking, consider serving up a reading appetizer.
- In the bathtub.
Consider reading to your child (and their rubber ducky) during bathtime. Bathtub books are waterproof and made to be dunked and splashed. Find them at your favorite local book seller.
- To your pets.
Pets are some of the most patient listeners, especially for the emergent reader. Even if your little one holds a book upside down, babbles, or makes up a story while they turn pages to books, they’re still building their pre-reading skills.
When your children see you reading, they see that reading is something fun and entertaining.
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