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3 Ways to Celebrate National Reading Day

Schools, non-profit groups, and parents celebrate National Reading Day on January 22nd every year. Children are encouraged to develop a love of reading so they can become lifelong learners. Here are three ways to make reading fun for your family.

  1. Plan A Trip To The Library

Imagine a bookstore where everything is free! A trip to the library offers a family-friendly (and wallet-friendly) opportunity to get your kids involved in their local literary community. Florida offers a wide range of innovative libraries that host events daily.

After an event, such as the Palm Harbor Library’s Mother Goose Rhyme Time or the Hillsborough County Library Cooperative’s Story Time, enjoy watching your child browse through vibrantly colorful and seemingly endless options to take home.  

  1. Make New Memories Based Off Favorites

Why not base a new experience off a book your child loves? Have a movie night with a film based off a book such as Where the Wild Things Are or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

For a special treat, enjoy a night out! Take your child to Lowry Park Zoo after a book about animals. After reading the Little Golden Book of Disney’s The Lion King or Roald Dahl’s Matilda, enjoy one of the corresponding upcoming Broadway plays at the Straz Center.

  1. Use Playtime to Encourage Creativity

Create opportunities for your child to narrate their own stories so they are excited about reading others’ stories. In this video by ReadyRosie, a resource for deepening early developmental experiences, a child narrates to her mother the experience of giving a teddy bear a bubble bath.

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