Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day Seven-Celebrating Children’s Book Week Final Day 

Nurture a Child with a Book

As mother’s we have a huge responsibility to nourish our children with food, and make sure, they are brought up in a safe environment. Our responsibilities as mothers should extend beyond providing nutritional nourishment; it should also include providing our children with all types of books that can enable the child to develop a thirst for knowledge. 

We are the richest country in the world; however, there are millions of children who are never given a chance to acquire a thirst for knowledge. These children fall way behind in school. Research has shown if a child can’t read at-grade level by 3rd grade, that child will most likely drop out before completing high school.

I believe it is cheaper to make interventions early on in contrast to waiting until it is too late. Every year I get a few high-school students who are several years below a grade level in reading. I am always baffled, and I ask myself how in the world did a student make it all the way to the 9th grade reading at a 3rd grade level? I do not have an answer to that question, but what I do have are plausible ways to help a child develop a genuine desire for reading.

          Here are a few suggestions:
  • Allow kids to read books that are of interest to them
  • Take kids to the library to attend reading programs
  • Take kids to local book fairs so they can purchase books that are of interest to them
  • Create a special space where you and your kids can spend time reading together (when my three children were younger we sat in a special area in the family room to read

Kids emulate their parents, if they see their parents reading; they too will want to do the same.
Perhaps school districts should make classes available to teach parents the best way to promote kids and reading is to provide them with books that they enjoy and want to read-or have read to them-over and over again.
So glad I had a chance to participate and celebrate children's book week.  As we celebrate Mother's Day, let's remember the best gift we can give to any child is the gift of knowledge through reading.
In celebration of the final day of children’s book week, I encourage all to Nurture a child with a book and perhaps that child will develop an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

 This is the number one reason I have taken the time to become a writer.  I hope all of my books will help enrich the lives of all children who read them.

I invite you to visit with my fellow Guardian Angel Publishing authors at their blogs during Children’s Book Week 2012 and beyond:
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