April 12 is Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day. Based on an idea from Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and celebrated on the birthday of the late, great children’s author Beverly Cleary, D.E.A.R. Day is an opportunity for families to spend time reading together at home.
How can you encourage your kids to read? Check out these tips from Reading Rockets, one of the sponsors of D.E.A.R. Day:
Babies: Snuggle up with a book
When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.
Toddlers: It’s okay if your toddler doesn’t sit still
Toddlers need to move, so don't worry if they act out stories or just skip, romp, or tumble as you read to them. They may be moving, but they are listening.
Preschoolers: Read with fun in your voice
Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
Kindergarteners: Read it again and again
Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.
Find tips for more grade levels and other groups at ReadingRockets.org.
Didn’t check out books for your kids yet? There’s still time! Tumblebooks offers animated ebooks that read along with your child. You can also find kids’ ebooks from CloudLibrary - just Browse and choose your favorite fiction genres or nonfiction subjects.
So get your favorite book, find about 30 minutes when you and your family can get together, put away your distractions and - you guessed it - drop everything and read!