Each month, my goal is to make and display a sign with an early literacy tip on it. I prop this sucker up right behind the children’s desk. This is my second and it’s based on something I feel pretty strongly about:
Often at my library, I’ll see a child pick up a book, eagerly asking their mother/father/nanny/babysitter/whoever to read it to them. My blood boils when I hear a reply like this: “But we have that book at home!” or “We read that all the time!”
So? Who cares? Read it again!
Not only do I think it’s discouraging to a child to hear that they can’t read a book they’re interested in, but there are many benefits to re-reading (or re-hearing/re-listening to) a story. Any children’s librarian worth her cardigan knows that kids learn through repetition. Re-reading is a great way to learn new words and increase self-confidence. If your child loves a book, that’s a wonderful thing! You want them to love to read and be read to. So you have to read Pete the Cat over and over again. Big deal. You’ll live. It’s a small price to pay for raising a child who loves to read.
So quit complaining and just read it again, already.
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid