Celebrating March is National Reading Month with Detroit’s Madison-Carver Academy

Published March 12, 2018
Photo by Cornerstone Education Group
Photo by Cornerstone Education Group

March is National Reading Month and to support and celebrate the power of reading during this important (and fun) time I am looking forward to visiting Cornerstone Educations Group‘s Madison-Carver Academy in Detroit on March 15. I will be reading my two books – Charlie the Caterpillar and Pop Lullaby – to a group of second graders. I also will be entertaining them with the companion songs to the books. My program combines interactive storytelling and music, which I find really gets children and their families engaged with reading, and I’m really looking forward to meeting the students and sharing my creative side with them.

Even if your child can’t read yet, they too can join in the celebration of National Reading Month and reap the benefits. We all know that early literacy skills develop at birth and are the foundation for a child’s success with reading and writing later in life. It’s also a great way to spend time together.

Start the celebration by reading to your child. Every night. Read aloud and pause on each page, encouraging them to join in, if possible. Ask your child questions about the story and illustrations. Have them identify letters of the alphabet. Then, read to them their favorite stories again and again. Soon they will have the story memorized and they can retell the story to you. The benefits of reading to your child are numerous.

In the end, to ensure your child is on the path to reading and is building on important learning skills that extend beyond the month of March, make reading time fun and interactive, just like my program. Also, set an example for your child by reading often yourself. When children see adults reading in their everyday lives, they are more likely to become readers themselves.