Governor Pete Ricketts has named November as Read Aloud to a Child Month in Nebraska, a time to celebrate the benefits that reading aloud has for people of all ages, especially children.
Literacy is essential to every child's growth and success. Reading aloud to a child is a simple and priceless act that will improve their vocabulary, enhance listening skills and develop positive attitudes toward reading and learning. We encourage parents, child care providers and teachers to read to children regularly. When parents assume the responsibility for children's literacy by making a commitment to read to their child for 20 minutes a day beginning at birth, children become more healthy, resilient and inquisitive.
Read Aloud Nebraska has some tips for reading aloud to children and some books that are particularly good for reading aloud.
Start out with nursery rhymes and songs you know by heart. Combine these rhymes with touch and movement.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
Baby Happy Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli
No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli
Interact with books, talk about the illustrations. Make silly noises. Choose books with flaps or interesting textures. Praise efforts to say new words.
Potato Joe by Keith Baker
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Papa and Me by Arthur Dorros
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Let's Eat! / A Comer! by Pat Mora
Puppies and Piggies by Cynthia Ryland
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
For more information visit Read Aloud Nebraska.