North Star High School Library Media Center

The Value of Reading

Reading is so important during the first five years of life.  Below are some helpful sites about the value of literacy and some suggestions for improving the literacy of your child.

Tips for choosing books for children:

  1. Young children love word repetition and rhyme
  2. Tactile (touch) books  involve more of the child’s senses
  3. Colorful books help increase mental development and enjoyment of reading

Many city libraries create ready-made packs of children’s books:  books on colors, books on animals, books on the alphabet.  Let your child pick out a set of books.

Visit the Between the Lions web site   pbskids.org/lions

For Young Readers @ Penguin: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/yr/index.html

Penguin information for librarians: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/yr/tl.html

Early Child Development:    http://www.extension.unl.edu/web/child

Understanding brain development in children:  www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs609w.htm

Understanding infants, toddlers:  main.zerotothree.org