November 12-18, 2017 is West Virginia Family Reading Week. The West Virginia Library Commission promotes the week as way to improve scholastic success and family bonding.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not. Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
The NCES also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
· Count to 20 or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
· Write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
· Read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)
Karen Goff, WVLC Executive Secretary, says, “Reading to your children not only improves academic development, but it also brings families closer together. Families that read together, grow together.”
The WVLC encourages families to visit their local library and read a book together during West Virginia Family Reading Week.
This week would be a great time to curl up with a Sad Mad Glad Book.