Reading

Connie Mistler Davidson

There are so many reasons to read for information. Cookbooks teach us more than how to create edible masterpieces. Nutrition and health books abound. One of the best of those that I have ever read is Death to Diabetes, by DeWayne McCulley, a must-read if you have a loved one with diabetes.

Connie Mistler Davidson

Catch the young child's interest in the world around her. Make sure that she has access to a variety of reading materials. Building strong readers starts years before a child ever goes to school and enters the classroom. Birth to age 5 is a critical time in your child's intellectual development.

Connie Mistler Davidson

Do you have a young friend who likes to read, color, trace letters, and work paper puzzles? What do I mean by paper puzzles? Those would include mazes, word searches, and crossword puzzles. The "Harry the Happy Mouse Activity Book" has all of these activities, and it would be a perfect present.

Connie Mistler Davidson

Too often the media portrays minority families as sad and broken. This book shows a loving, vibrant African-American family that is joyously spending time together. Trish Cooke's book has simple sentence structure with easy-reader words, positive messages, and Paul Howard's glorious illustrations.

Connie Mistler Davidson

Summer reading isn't just for little kids. Teens and adults can enjoy that extra reading time, too. Start with your public library. Often they have special reading programs for the summer. Some of these can include great prizes. Check in with your librarian, and check out the program!

Connie Mistler Davidson

Parents, here are ideas to increase the time that your child reads in the summer and enjoys it! The article is written in kid-friendly language to share it with children. It is addressed to them. There are also resources at the end of the article to help them have a great summer reading experience!

Connie Mistler Davidson

Children from the ages of birth to six can be taught to love reading. One way to do this is to take them to the library and enjoy activities there. Another way is to teach pre-reading skills in an engaging and lively way. The "6 by 6 Skills" for learning to read have great tips for pre-reading!