Get your child involved in books and foster a lifelong love of reading. Here are tips from PBS Kids:
- Visit the local library often. Get kids their own library card. Attend storytimes and other free events at the library. For local library activities, check out San Diego Family Magazine’s calendar.
- Let children see you read, whether it's the newspaper, magazines or the latest bestseller.
- Encourage older kids to read to younger siblings, or set aside time to read together as a family.
- Show children how people use reading all the time. Read street and store signs, maps, billboards, menus and package labels aloud.
- Set up an area at home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.
- Encourage a love of words by playing rhyming and word games, singing silly songs or writing poems and stories together.
On March 2, join the annual literacy celebration that also falls on the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. All over the nation, thousands of schools, libraries, community centers and other participants bring kids and books together for fun activities that celebrate reading.
For more reading tips and book suggestions, visit www.nea.org/readacross.