‘Read With Me’ week starts today | PostIndependent.com

‘Read With Me’ week starts today

Parents of young children are encouraged to take extra time from today through next Wednesday to read aloud with their children for “Read With Me” week, sponsored by the nonprofit group Raising a Reader.

Families who keep track of their daily read-aloud sessions can enter their names for prize drawings.

Libraries are also offering story hours and workshops for parents on read-aloud techniques and how to use books to develop early language skills.

And on Feb. 16, about 50 volunteers will simultaneously read stories to children at preschools and home childcare providers in Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle.

“Books build brains,” said Rick Blauvelt, executive director of the local Raising A Reader program. “For preschool-age children, reading aloud is a powerful way to build language skills, and language skills are critical to early brain development.”

Carol Federman, northwest Colorado coordinator for Reach Out and Read, a statewide reading organization, said, “The research shows that the critical brain foundation for all future learning is developed during the first five years of life.

“We hope this collaborative event will remind everyone in the community about the joy, wonder and power of books for children and adults alike,” Federman said.

For read-aloud tracking forms, a full schedule of events and more information, stop by your local library or call the Raising A Reader program at (970) 230-9117.

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