NHSA and the Family Reading Partnership are joining forces to increase awareness and support for all for families to engage in reading aloud at home with the goal that every Head Start Child will grow up knowing that books are their Super Power. Research supports the many benefits of reading aloud to young children, however less than half of children under age 4 are read to daily in the U.S. It’s time to start a read-aloud revolution!
Why are books a Super Power? When children listen to books read aloud, they learn about people, places, and how things work. They learn about emotions and feelings and how to use words to share their ideas. While enjoying the special connection of shared book reading, children naturally increase their vocabularies and gain the knowledge and skills necessary for later reading. Books teach facts, inspire imagination, and start children on a lifetime of learning.
Parents and teachers can connect children with the power of books by reading aloud every day. Celebrate this March during National Read-Aloud Month!