Dresden Literacy Newsletter

Reading together for 20 minutes a day has huge benefits

It is one of the most important things you can do to develop positive reading habits.

Here are 5 reasons to make it your mission to drop everything and read aloud with your child or children for 20 minutes at any time of day.


  1. Improves long term reading success, there is a mountain of research to say children who are read to develop positive reading habits and are more likely to indulge in reading for pleasure later on. Even if your child struggles it is a great way to provide positive encouragement and your child will associate reading together with happy memories.
  2. Reading aloud builds vocabulary and the discussions that reading together prompts aids comprehension development too. Reading a challenging book together exposes your kids to a wealth of new words and this stretches their imaginations as well.
  3. Improves listening skills and provides positive modeling. Your kids learn through observation. As you read they hear what book language sounds like. You can model reading in different ways depending on the story, pausing at commas and raising your voice for the exclamation mark. You could even model what to do if you come across an unknown word- faking it can be a good lesson!
  4. Builds empathy and awareness- reading about a subject is the best way to help your children understand something without having them experience it. Through books we can live a 1,000 lives and experience so much in the comfort of our own home.
  5. A great way to introduce a new author or genre. It can be tricky to get kids to think outside the box at times. They need us to model this behavior so they can take a risk when they are at the book store or library.

Go on a reading adventure together!

As the weather begins to get colder and you are looking for something fun to do, use one of the ideas below to take a reading adventure! If you would like, you can print the adventures below by opening the PDF underneath the picture.

Adventure 1: Reading can take you anywhere

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Adventure 2: Cube Roll

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Adventure 3: Book Hunt

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Adventure 4: Character Roll

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Adventure 5: Storytelling

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