Are you ready to Read Aloud More in May? I said... are you ready to READ ALOUD MORE IN MAY?! Woohoo! Why am I so excited about Reading Aloud More in May? Because I'm the official 2017 ambassador for Scholastic National Family Reading Month, that's why. And I've never been an ambassador for anything. Plus, I genuinely love books and reading.
From ages 0 - 2 years old, 57% of Australian children are read books aloud most days of the week. By ages 9 - 11, that has dropped to just 10%. Kids are never too old for read-alouds! Research shows that regular reading aloud with family members is a powerful predictor that children will become frequent readers. And I honestly believe a world with more readers would be a better place!
Aside from the obvious educational and intellectual benefits of reading aloud, and perhaps more importantly, kids ENJOY it. 86% of children (aged 6-17) say they LOVE being read books aloud at home. The number one reason? "Because it's a special time with my parents." The second top reason? "Reading together is FUN."
It's easy to forget that 'fun' part sometimes. Whether it's the nightly bedtime battle or struggling through reading levels, it often feels like work. But don't let it become a chore! With so many brilliant children's books available, I guarantee you can find books that both you and the children in your life will enjoy reading aloud together.
Embrace your inner actor and read with expression, whisper, shout, use funny voices or weird accents and add in sound effects. Make it a performance and before you know it... you're having fun. You're making memories. You're bonding. You're teaching. You're learning. You're sharing. You're improving. There are no down sides to this reading aloud business! So please, Read Aloud More in May to the children in your life, and listen to them read aloud to you!
To encourage more children to read aloud with their families, Scholastic are giving away $10,000 worth of prizes during the Read Aloud More in May challenge. Find out more at www.scholastic.com.au/nfrm
Statistics from www.scholastic.com.au/readingreport