Feel-Good Babysitting with Books
June 24, 2013
I am one of those people who take pride in the fact that I have enough books to qualify as a small personal Library. I have been collecting books since I was a child, so I have reading material for every age. This collection of books is something that amazes my honorary nieces, and when we get together, I always end up reading for hours. I get immense joy out of seeing someone else enjoy the books that I loved so much as a child myself. I’ll never forget the rapt gazes of three little girls as we worked our way through Aquamarine, nor the eagerness of two toddlers racing back to the shelf for another picture book as quickly as we could finish one.
As it turns out, there is even more reason to feel good about this. MCPL talks a lot about early literacy programs, such as "Every Child Ready to Read" and "6 by 6." The programs are very similar in that they talk about how to prepare children to learn to read. The difference is that the "Every Child Ready to Read" program mostly focuses on types of activities that are strongly encouraged with pre-readers, whereas "6 by 6" outlines six different skills that children should aim to have by six years old in order to expedite literacy. Both programs tout the importance of reading with children, and that’s just one more reason to be proud of my Library, and how much it thrills my honorary nieces. Those hours that we spend reading all add up, encouraging a love of books that will hopefully one day turn them into avid readers themselves.
Oak Grove Branch