March is National Read Aloud Month, started by Read Aloud 15 Minutes. Reading aloud every day is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn. Pretty cool, right? Best of all, it’s completely free!
When every child is read aloud to for at least 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
These facts are at the heart of the Read Aloud 15 Minutes campaign, to get have every child, from birth through age 5 read aloud to each day. Babies are born learning, making these years so crucial to development. Reading aloud for just 15 minutes a day for the first five years impact babies and children through:
- Language development
- Literacy skill building
- Instilling a love of reading
- Brain development
- Knowledge gained and shared
Only 48 percent of young children in the United States are read aloud to each day. March is a great time to increase those numbers. Join me and read aloud to a child during Read Aloud Month.