Read Together, Learn Together

stuffed mice reading
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Reading with your child is a way to spend quality time together and a way to learn subjects your child is interested in. It's also great fun to read together! Reading aloud is something that can be done with children of any age—from infants up to teens—if they'll let you!

Try these picture books celebrating both reading and animals, perfect tie-ins for the Summer Learning Challenge, Explore and Roar!

Let librarian Mavis McGrew make you Wild About Books as she finds the perfect book for each animal at the zoo. These animals are not lazily waiting for their books to arrive—they are moving and grooving to the rhythm and rhyme!

It's always lovely to take some time to Read to Your Bunny, especially with a book that reminds both parents and children that taking 20 minutes a day to read to your child is easy. Books are everywhere in the illustrations.

All children can find inspiration from How Rocket Learned to Read, the story of an extremely cute spotted puppy who is tutored by a yellow bird. Rocket is not the most enthusiastic student to begin with but, with the encouragement of a very persistent bird, he gets excited about learning to read. Rocket's later adventures include writing a story and learns even more words.

Once the kids have gone to bed, pick up Reading Magic, Mem Fox's explanation of why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever. It's both practical and motivational, reminding everyone that reading aloud is a magical, transformational experience for everyone involved.

What's your favorite book to read with a child?