National Read a Book Day -
September 6th

Other than helping your children to grow up healthy and happy, the most important thing that you can do for them is to help them develop their reading skills. It is no exaggeration to say that how well children learn to read affects directly not only how successful they are in school but how well they do throughout their lives. When children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the knowledge of the world.


Years of research show clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. When you and other family members read with your children, help them with homework, talk with their teachers, and participate in school or other learning activities, you give your children a tremendous advantage.


To understand the connection between a child’s early experiences with spoken language and learning to read, you might think of language as a four-legged stool. The four legs are talking, listening, reading, and writing. All four legs are important; each leg helps to support and balance the others.

For additional information about how you can use your language skills to build your child’s skills, we recommend the following resource “Helping Your Child Become a Reader”.

It offers suggestions about how you can:

  • Talk with and listen to your child.
  • Read together with him/her.
  • Help your child learn about books and print.
  • Encourage your child’s early writing efforts.
  • Help your child learn to read.
  • Prepare your child for success in school.


Check out our Book Library to find additional books on various child abuse related topics, bullying, trafficking, foster care, positive parenting, teen pregnancy, and more. Please feel free to send us your book suggestions. We add new books all the time.

Good news! Amazon will donate a percentage of every book purchased through these links, to support American SPCC’s mission to give children a voice and help end child abuse in all forms.Such a great way to support a cause without any additional out-of-pocket expense to you.

We hope you find these books helpful and enjoy reading with your children.  .

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References and Sources

  1. U.S Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach, Helping Your Child Become a Reader: