As difficult as it may be to believe, October is upon us! When we think of October, many probably think about the crops coming out of the fields all around us, pumpkins, squash, the beautifully colored leaves, and of course trick-or treaters! You probably didn’t know that October is National Book Month, a month-long celebration of reading started by the National Book Foundation. At our elementary schools, we do a lot of wonderful activities that revolve around both fiction and nonfiction books and we have incentive programs to reward students for how many books they read. It is my hope that reading can go far beyond school. When families read together, children get the positive message that a love of books can mean a lifetime of adventure and learning. The National Book Foundation offers the following activities to be introduced in October and then continued year-round;
- Make regular family visits to the local library to check out books, with parents and children each explaining why they picked particular books.
- Is your family known for its dramatic flair? Channel those theatrics in a positive direction and film a scene or two from one of your favorite books. Another idea along these lines is to organize a school or neighborhood talent night during which these scenes are performed for others.
- Play family games with a literary twist. Turn “20 Questions” into a book quiz or make up a story, with each family member adding a segment in turn.
- Parents, read to your children every night. “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children,” the National Commission on Reading noted in its report Becoming a Nation of Readers.
OCTOBER IS CERTAINLY A GREAT TIME TO FALL INTO A GOOD BOOK!