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10 Awesome Reasons for Reading Aloud to Your Kids Whatever Their Age.


Bette A. Stevens:

310083_603823222966722_1762339231_nInvest in the future… READ WITH THE KIDS! ~Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on Sandra Bennett - Author:

Earlier this week I posted this link on my Gingerbread Alien facebook page.

I thought it was rather apt after my post last week on the importance of kids reading themselves everyday. In that post I briefly touched on parents sharing the reading experience with their children by reading to them..  However, it brought me to thinking about the signifcance of reading aloud to kids of all ages and perhaps the need to explore this topic a little further.

By now most parents know the benefits of reading aloud to their young ones, but how many parents continue to read to their children once the child has become an independent reader?

Here are my thoughts and I hope perhaps awesome reasons to read to your child from birth to the teenage years and everthing in between.

1. Reassurance of love and security. Babies feel safe and loved when…

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A Letter to Fourth Grade Fans


Dear Mrs. Glynn & Fourth Grade Students,

How exciting it was to check my mailbox last week and find all of your wonderful Thank You Letters. They really made my day. Your notes and illustrations are fantastic. There is nothing that makes an author happier than hearing from her fans. I’m so glad that you enjoyed AMAZING MATILDA. I definitely enjoyed meeting all of you, reading my book and having a book talk. You had so many great questions to ask me about writing and you offered excellent insights into the book’s messages.

I took a picture of your letters and thought you’d like to see it. So, here it is!

Letters from fourth grade fans in Hartland, Maine. ~ MAINE Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Letters from fourth grade fans in Hartland, Maine. ~ Photo by MAINE Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens   (November 1013)

I keep a file called MY SMILE FILE and all of your amazing letters waiting for me there. That way, on gloomy days when I need a smile, I can read your letters and think of ALL OF YOU—Mrs. Gynn and her amazing fourth grade students!

I included both of my children’s books in the photo. You’ll find copies in your school library. Yes, I will be back to read to you again. My favorite genre is historical fiction. Nature and human nature (people) are the things that inspire me to write my books. I’ll be posting this letter on my web/blog http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Happy reading, writing and all of those other amazing things that you all do,

Bette A. Stevens, MAINE AUTHOR ILLUSTRATOR

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration (Photo credit: Kennedy Library)

GREAT Dr. Seuss-ian Mishmash! Read, remember. CHALLENGE: Have fun reading this to a child today!

Originally posted on 20 Lines A Day:

I loved this challenge (thank you, Anne), and am going to try it again. This time I’m going to try to incorporate some titles of Dr. Seuss books. We’ll see how it goes…

A Seuss Mishmash

The boy went outside after toast and grape jam,

that boy who refused to eat Green Eggs and Ham.

He saw little Bart Cubbins, the Grinch shooting skeet,

“And to think that I saw them on Mulberry Street,

he said to himself. “Oh my goodness, the Blue Fish                                  

and Red Fish jumped up with a swish.”

He wandered along until….BOOM, a strange fox

jumped in front of him, argyle socks

on all four of its feet. “The Cat in the Hat

can certainly remedy something like that,”

said the boy, who was lost now in

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