Reading is important.  Try to read at least 20 minutes every day.  The more you read, the better you will read.  Just like anything else-you get better with practice.  Reading is fun, too.

    For a new twist on reading, parents may wish to invest in a magazine subscription for your child.  There are many wonderful magazines designed and written especially for children.  These periodicals offer reading in various forms, from articles to experiments, poetry, etc.  check out the children's section of the library to see which ones interest your child.

    Children also enjoy adults reading aloud to them.  Reading aloud to your child at bedtime or some other quiet time will create wonderful memories of time together and also encourage your child's interest in books.

    Some books your child may enjoy hearing you read to them include:

  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Clearly
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

    Some more books especially about our country's flag:

  • Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner
  • Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag by Ann Weil
  • A Flag For Our Country by Eve Spencer

     And, how about some books to celebrate our independence:

  • Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags by James Cross Giblin
  • Celebration: The Story of American Holidays by Lucille Recht Penner
  • Celebrating Independence Day by Shelly Nielson

        Poetry books by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky are also a great idea.  Children seem to really enjoy the rhythm and rhyme poetry offers.

    Discover the wonderful world of reading!