Guest blogger Betsy Landers is president of the National
Securing your children
library cards and
spending 30 minutes each day reading together are simple gestures that can dramatically
improve their literacy. These are also just
two of the 10 family reading tips National PTA is offering in connection to the
newly launched PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by
With the help of
parents, educators, and other experts, we have developed a fun,
easy-to-organize event for
the entire family coupled with a short list of ways adults can pass along a
lifelong love of reading to children.
1. Encourage reading in your
Set an example by reading in front of your child for both pleasure
and practicality. You can even create a special space in your home where you
can read together.
2. Spend 30 minutes each day
When reading with your child, ask your child to describe what is
going on in the scene or happening in the story.
3. Sign up your child for a
A library card is essential and free for your child to gain access to countless
books. Find a library near you at www.publiclibraries.com.
4. Attend a library event
Most libraries organize weekly or monthly events, such as story times, that you
and your child can attend together.
5. Become involved at their school
Communicate regularly with your children’s
teachers to help monitor their progress, and ask what you can do at home to
support their reading.
6. Applaud your child for
Reward your child for reading a certain number of books or finishing a challenging
book just as you would other activities, such as basketball or piano.