Tech You Later, Read Now


Screen time is on the rise among children. They are spending less time reading and more time playing on a device, and it feels like the screens just keep multiplying! Right now in my living room, four glowing monitors are simultaneously being watched by different family members. Sometimes I struggle to balance screen and reading time. I am sure most parents do as well.

What I’ve learned? The sooner you expose your child to reading, the more likely they will become a reader themselves.  And it’s never too early start! Plus, the more little ones are read to, the more easily they will acquire the skills needed to learn to read themselves.

According to statistics from Scholastic, “More than half of children ages 0–5 (54%) are read aloud to at home 5–7 days a week. This declines to only one in three kids ages 6–8 (34%) and to one in six kids ages 9–11 (17%); four in 10 children ages 6–11 who were read books aloud at home (40%) say they wished their parents had continued reading aloud to them.”

Reading helps to instill an appetite for knowledge and mental engagement. These things are not easily found by sitting in front of the boob tube.

One of the most significant gifts a parent can give to their kids is just to read to them.


Some of my coworkers and friends who teach in elementary shared their favorite book or series with me:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Amelia Bedelia
  • Animalia
  • Any Bible Story Book
  • Because of Windixie
  • Chick A Chick A Boom Boom
  • Click, Clack, Moo
  • Ferdinand
  • Fortunately
  • Hank the Cow Dog
  • Ideas That Change the World
  • Knuffle Bunny
  • Little House On the Prairie Series
  • Madeline
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Oh the Place You Will Go
  • Pete the Cat
  • Purplicious
  • Riffles for Watie
  • The Perfect Nest
  • The Sign of the Beaver
  • Thy Friend Obadiah
  • We the Kids

What are yours? (And for what age kids?)




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