A Message to Parents
Parents are every child’s first teachers. We encourage all parents to raise readers. Make sure your child has a library card, read aloud to your children of all ages and make sure your children see you reading for pleasure.
The Children’s Library Parents’ Shelf includes books and other materials with valuable parenting tips, information on childhood development and ideas for presenting literature to your children.
Children’s Librarians present Story Hour and other programs for very young children that introduce kids to wonderful children’s literature, beautiful books, traditional and contemporary rhymes, songs, stories and fingerplays.
The Children’s Library collection includes phonics-based books that aim to teach the decoding of written words and sounds and provide help with reading practice. Recorded books in the collection can help students who struggle with reading maintain age-appropriate vocabulary and background knowledge development. Parents can help children who struggle with reading by sharing these materials with children.
In addition, we recommend the following web sites for parents who are working with struggling readers.
Reading Resources for Parents
- Reading Rockets
- Get Ready to Read
- Wisconsin Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (WIBIDA)
- Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity