Read To Me
Read to me riddles, read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things.
Read to me pirates, read to me knights,
Read to me dragons and dragon back flights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished, please read them again.
Jane Yolen

Try to remember the joy you experienced when you first were able to read a book on your own. An entire new world was opened up to you. That joy is what we need to spread to each and every child. March is National Reading Month and with it comes a wealth of great ideas to involve kids in reading. Go anywhere online and you will find calendars of ideas for reading month. Just don’t stop there when the month is done; make reading exciting all of the time.

Kids of all ages love to be read to. As a former junior high teacher I can tell you that my 7th and 8th grade students loved being read to just as much as any 1st grader; they just didn’t like to admit it! Read to kids at every opportunity and when they are able, have them read to you. Help kids to experience what they are reading. Talk to them about the books they are reading. Try to help them imagine what the characters in the books would be smelling, tasting, seeing, feeling and hearing. (My 7th grade students truly enjoyed learning about Medieval History once they could envision the smells that existed in a castle with no bathrooms or showers. This also explains the heavy uses of perfume and potpourri!) Make the books come alive! Decorate their rooms with bookshelves they have selected or ones they have decorated themselves. If you demonstrate a love for reading, they, too will be become avid readers.

It’s true what the adage states: Readers are Leaders!