It’s never too soon to visit the library! Even though your child may not yet be reading, she can certainly benefit from spending time at your local library.
Books are plentiful and free, and there’s no better way to bond with your child than over a story. Although it may not seem like much, reading to your child every day beginning in infancy will prepare her to succeed in school, and ultimately, in life.
There are some staggering statistics about reading in the United States. Nationwide, 52 percent of parents do not read to their children daily, and more than a third of our children are entering kindergarten today without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read.
Our nation’s network of libraries provides a vast number of programs, services, events, and opportunities for children and parents alike.
Many libraries offer programs that can help encourage development and literacy through reading and playing. You are your child’s first—and most important—teacher. Talking and playing helps her develop key literacy, cognitive, and social skills. Some libraries also offer enrichment classes in cooking, crafts, and music for you and your child. Literacy-related activities can help spark your child’s interest in books!
As your preschooler grows, so do the books. The library also becomes a special place to spend time, make new friends, and build community. For many children, a library card will be one of the first things they can call their own. Spending time at the library encourages parents to become involved in their child’s reading!
Jacqueline Kennedy said it best when she said there are many little ways to enlarge your child’s life but a “love of books is the best of all.”
Share the love of the library with your child!
Here are some doctor-recommended books to help your child learn to love the library:
- Book! By Kristine O’Connell (George HMH Books, 2008)
- Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn (Charlesbridge, 2006)
- Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn (Charlesbridge, 2010)
- Maisy at the Library by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick , 2009)
- D. W.’s Library Card by Marc Brown (Little, Brown, 2003)