September is National Literacy Month and we are reading!

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical for brain development. One of the best things you can do for your child is read to them.

Reading aloud:

  • Promotes language development and early literacy skills.
  • Builds motivation, curiosity and memory.
  • Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety and builds social emotional skills.
  • Take children to places and times they have never been – enlarging and enhancing their worlds.
  • Creates a positive association with books and reading.
  • Strengthens the bond between you and your child.

September might be over, but the reading continues! Read to your child every day so they can build the skills they need to become READERS. The number one indicator for academic success is the number of books in the home, so we want to make sure kids in our community have access to great reading material!

Our We’re Reading Take and Give Book Boxes will be coming to a location near you. These adorable book libraries allow your child to pick out a book that is theirs to keep. If you have picture books that are no longer age appropriate you can donate them.

Visit the United Way of Skagit County’s Facebook Page (@unitedwayskagit) for reading tips, book suggestions, story times, and to learn more about our We’re Reading program.

Do you love reading? Check out this love letter to books.

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Jen Lindbeck has a M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University and is the Early Childhood Program Manager for United Way of Skagit County.

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