Count the Ways Reading is a Part of Your Life!

scranimalsWhen you know how to read, you take for granted all the ways that reading enriches your life. I was thinking about his as I read the ingredients on a box of cereal at the grocery store. Because I can read, I knew what was in that box and could make a good choice about whether that cereal was healthy for me or not.

In one day alone, I found that I read so many things I could hardly count them. I read street signs that told me about a road detour. I read the specials at the bagel shop so I knew what to order and how much to pay. At work I read articles and emails and learned more. At home I read a recipe in a cookbook and made peanut butter cookies. I read my latest novel and was introduced to ideas that got me thinking in new directions.  I read a card I got in the mail and found out what my friend in another state was doing. I read jokes, news updates, and played a word game online.

Snuggle up and read aloud to the young child in your life and you’ll be passing down your love of books and reading, and showing how important it is to know how to read. Here are some books to read together that show how words are used every day.

“The Signmaker’s Assistant” by Tedd Arnold. When the signmaker goes away, his young assistant makes new signs for the town and sees first hand how powerful words are. What signs would you change in your neighborhood? Use your imagination.

“Like Me and You” by Raffi, illustrated by Lillian Hoban. Although the words to this song don’t mention how words are used to write letters, the illustrations depict children from around the world writing, sending, and reading airmail letters to and from distant places on the globe.

“Scranimals: Poems by Jack Prelutsky” illustrated by Peter Sis. Say the name of an animal and you’ll see in your mind what it looks like. But what if the name was all scrambled up? What would a rhincerose or a broccolion look like? Make up your own silly word combinations!

“Many Luscious Lollypops” by Ruth Heller. Everything changes when you add adjectives to them. Try it out for yourself. How does a slow, purple snail act differently than a quick, orange snail?

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