Friday, March 12, 2010

Words of Wisdom

I want to share something I read recently, written by Mary Kuehner, who is a children's outreach librarian in Colorado. I think she really gets to the heart of the matter.

"I am a children's librarian and helping preschoolers get ready to read is not only my job, it's my passion. We have lots of fun with books! I work primarily with children living in poverty and I talk to their parents regularly about how very important it is to read to their children. The learning to read process begins long before a child enters school. By hearing stories read aloud, and using books, young children learn vocabulary, phonological skills, how print works, letters, and many other skills that prepare them to learn to read on their own. Most importantly, though, if a child is read aloud to by their parent, they learn to love books. And children who love books are motivated to become readers. It's as simple as that!"


  1. Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom. I think Mary Kuehner has found her calling! The word "passion" says it all. Let's help spread these words of wisdom. If you are reading this, encourage a parent you know to read more with their children. Invite a friend or neighbor to go to the library with you. Share some books with a friend with children. Never throw out a book; donate your books to charities.

  2. Michelle, These are such simple ideas yet they are so powerful. Thanks!


What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.