Make Reading A Routine

This summer has been challenging for families all over the world as our trips, camps, events and traditions have been turned upside down due to Covid-19. With more uncertainty felt by parents as the new school year approaches, it is important to establish (or continue) a routine that you can control. One of these routines that helps develop a love of learning is reading to your child.

Establishing a reading routine during early childhood is a great way for your young learner to “develop language and listening skills and prepare them to understand the written word” according to ReadingRockets.org. It also can establish a closer bond with your child and is an activity that can be planned every day!

Here are some recommendations for “back-to-school” books:


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunch room, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song…because it’s all good.


David Goes to School by David Shannon

David’s teacher has her hands full. From running in the halls to chewing gum in class, David’s high-energy antics fill each school day with trouble, and are sure to bring a smile to even the best-behaved reader.



Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

When the Bus Driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you’ve never met a pigeon like this one before. As The Pigeon pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, readers answer back and decide his fate.


The Kissing Hand By Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called “the Kissing Hand” to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.



Llama Llama Misses Mama By Anna Dewdney

It’s little Llama’s first day of school, but when Mama drops him off, he doesn’t know what to do. A rhyming, reassuring read for new students.



Join us on Thursday, October 29th as we participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event! Read for the Record is the world’s largest shared reading experience where millions of children and adults across the globe come together to read the same book on the same day. Check back with us for future updates!

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