Fluency, flow, & fun: Why it's good for children to practice reading out loud

You know the benefits of reading out loud to your children, but did you know it's equally important to encourage your young readers to read out loud as well? Reading specialists agree that oral reading improves fluency and comprehension by helping children become more comfortable with the rhythm of language. It also helps with word recognition; after all, the first thing we say to children who stumble across a word they don't recognize is, "Sound it out!"

So how do you encourage children to practice reading out loud?

Get a Build A Reader calendar for the new year!

Looking for a new calendar for 2018 - AND for ideas about what to say or do with your baby or young child to help them develop their language and learning skills? The library to the rescue!

You can receive great suggestions for fun, easy activities that will build your child's brain for later reading success - and then earn a free calendar with even MORE suggestions!

There are two ways to sign up:

New In The Digital Collections: December 2017 Update

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Sand Springs Railroad interurban tracks, looking north toward Brady Street and Greenwood Avenue

Beryl Ford Collection, Accession #B8430, Rotary Club of Tulsa/TCCL/THS


Talking Holiday Catalogs: Recycle in a new way!

If the world is really going paperless, then why did I receive a ton of holiday catalogs this year? No, that's not accurate - TWO tons.

Before you throw your hands up in frustration - or break your back in taking out the recycling - reconsider what to do with the catalogs. Did you know they can be used as a FREE way to support your child's literacy skills!

Depending on the ages of your child(ren), here are a few ideas of what to do with catalogs and other junk mail...

Reading in the wild: "Wild Things" & children's literature

Reading children's books is not always child's play. Indeed, studying literature specifically aimed for children can yield priceless insights into culture on a broad level and emotion on a personal level. 

That's Brucy Handy's thesis in the entertaining Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult.