Get Caught Reading in May
At Raising Readers, we love any reason or season to celebrate good books. So, it’s no surprise that May is one of our favorite months because it’s Get Caught Reading Month. Get Caught Reading Month is a campaign managed by Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit that supports anyone –parents, educators, librarians, booksellers — who inspires children to enjoy reading all year long!
Here are some ways you and your family can:
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.
- While you’re in the car.
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 audiobooks, 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.
Tuck some books in your diaper bag, purse, or reusable shopping bag. You can read to your child while 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 story for the first course.
- 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 bookseller.
- 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.