Suggested Family Activity • Get Caught Reading Month

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Suggested Family Activity • Get Caught Reading Month

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May is Get Caught Reading Month so we challenge people of all ages to get caught reading whenever they can! And if you send us the photographic evidence, we would love to share your reading moments on our website. (To submit photos, send them to the email below.) As part of NERL’s upcoming Summer Reading Program during the months of June and July, everyone is especially encouraged to get caught reading to your favorite pet to celebrate the theme of “Tails and Tales”. NERL invites you to submit pictures of your children (and adults too!) reading to their pets. And if you don’t have a pet right now, or if your pet is a little camera shy, don’t worry! Photos of your child reading to their favorite stuffed animal is a great idea as well. (Studies have shown that young children just learning to read often become nervous when reading for an adult. But if they read to their pets, or even their stuffed animals, their confidence improves tremendously.) Pictures may be sent to NERL at summerreading@nereg.lib.ms.us, where they will be put into a slideshow on the NERL website.

 
It’s easy to get caught reading at any time. One way is to keep books and magazines scattered in all the areas of your home, as well as in your vehicle. That way, no matter where you are, you will have something to read. You can also visit your local library branch to pick up free reading materials or view NERL’s website at www.nereg.lib.ms.us to borrow free e-books (and e-audios) for your digital device through the Hoopla and Libby platforms. You can make a point to read to young children (older brothers and sisters can help read to them too) to show them how fun it is. Making story time a regular routine, at the same place and time every day, is great fun for all involved. Many children love for this to happen at bedtime, of course. It can also be fun to take a book with you when you go outside to enjoy the fresh air, such as in outdoor spaces at your home or even taking a book with you to a local park.
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