Help me get ready to read

The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years

Our Mission

Research in early child development confirms our belief that it is possible for adults to have a positive impact on children’s lives by reading aloud during their first five years. As reading professionals and teachers, we know that reading aloud during these formative years helps raise reading-ready children. Beginning in their earliest years, infants and toddlers make positive connections to books as they develop listening and speaking skills. Many 3-to-5 year olds continue to develop these and other early literacy concepts and skills as they listen to and talk about books. Reading aloud during the first five years of children’s lives opens their ears to the sounds of words, their eyes to the wonder of pictures, their minds to new ideas, and their hearts to a love of books and learning.

While many adults understand the importance of reading aloud to young children, they do not always make the connection between reading aloud and getting children ready to read. Parents and professionals often ask us, “How can I help children get ready to read?” We respond by telling them they can do so by understanding early literacy concepts and skills, choosing good books to read aloud, and creating a nurturing environment in which little ones can thrive.

So we asked ourselves, “What can we do to help caring adults get children ready to learn to read?” There are many books and workshops offered—why not a practical guide and hands-on workshop for parents and professionals that suggest ways to use both positive parenting strategies and reading strategies when reading aloud to children from infancy through the preschool years. Providing our Help Me Get Ready To Read guide book and interactive workshops enables us to share our passion for helping young children become lifelong readers and lovers of learning.