Imagination Library by Dolly Parton.
Do you have a child under the age of 5 years old? If so and you haven’t already, signed them up to get a free book every month, you can sign your child up at http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com/ This program even has Audio & Braille Books!
Joshua is 21 months old and when he gets his new book he gets very excited. This is an awesome program for kids. We started out reading to Joshua before he was a year old and he loves it when we read to him. Sometimes we just flip through the pages because that is what he wants to do. He points at things on the pages and we tell him what they are. He will go get a book and sit there and do his baby talk while looking through the books.
I love that he is showing interest in reading before the age of 2. Reading to your child doesn’t take much of your time. You and your child benefit. We both benefit by getting quality time with each other and making that bond between us even stronger. Reading to your child is a learning experience and will benefit them when they start school.
When you are reading a book to your child you are also introducing them to shapes, colors, animals, objects and so much more. You can not go wrong reading to your child. If you have a busy schedule reading doesn’t take much of your time and the benefits are worth every bit of them 20 minutes a day you dedicate to them.
When I am reading to Joshua after a long stressful day, this relaxes me and I enjoy the dedicated time I have set aside for reading. If you find that you are struggling for the time one night to read and have older children, this is a perfect way for your older child to bond with their younger sibling. Garrett will read to Joshua and love to see them sitting together and bonding. The books that you get from the program are education. My husband can not read but he will sit with Joshua and go through the books and can still be a part of teaching him his shapes, colors, and alphabet.
More benefits that your child will get because you read to them:
They will know that reading is fun.
It will help them with their langue skills.
It will give them a boost in their education when they are ready to start school.
They will learn about people, situations, and learn about what is good and what is bad.
They will get to use their imagination. When we read to Joshua we use different tones of voice for the characters to keep him interested in the book. When we do this, he will try to imitate us and it is so cute and we love that he tries to speak the sentence’s we do.
I am sure I could go on and on about the benefits but I won’t.
If you child is over the age of 5 years old, you can take them to the library and let them pick out books. This will get you out of the house and most libraries will offer other things that you child will enjoy. Our library offers activities in the summer which is great because they are out of school. Also, if you child is older, you can have them read to you. Anytime you ask a child to read to you they will be happy to do so. This will keep them excited about reading.
If you have a kindle fire and have kindle unlimited, your child can pick from several free to read books. Our son Garrett has a kindle and this was gotten for him so that we could keep him interested in reading. You can get some books for free even if you don’t have Kindle unlimited.
A Letter From Dolly: http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com/index.php#.VxMcxTArKM8
Thank you for your interest in my Imagination Library.
This program is one of the most important ways I know to improve the educational opportunities for children in your community.
When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer.
The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.
I hope you’ll agree to become a champion of the Imagination Library in your community. You will be amazed at the impact this simple gift can have on the lives of children and their families. We have seen it work in our backyard and I’m certain it can do the same in your community too!
I appreciate your interest in my Imagination Library and thank you for all you continue to do for children.