Family Literacy Month is observed every November and is a reminder of the importance of adults reading with their children. As Emilie Buchwald said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Reading together with a parent or caregiver helps children develop the necessary literacy skills to become successful readers. There are many ways to celebrate Family Literacy Month. Kumon, a tutoring organization, lists five ideas to promote family literacy in November and beyond!
- Set aside time each day for reading.
- Keep books visible around the house.
- Make regular visits to the library.
- Read the book version of your child’s favorite movie.
- Organize a children’s book club with friends in the neighborhood.
This year, another special event highlighting reading occurs during the month of November. Children’s Book Week is November 9-15. The website Every Child A Reader indicates that Children’s Book Week began in 1919 and, therefore, “is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.” Furthermore, Every Child A Reader, describes Children’s Book Week is an “annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.” The website includes links to resources that parents can use at home to observe this important week, including coloring pages and bookmarks with art provided by highly-regarded children’s book illustrators.