Winter Reading Challenge
December 12–January 29 / Kids’ World
Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.—Groucho Marx
Like so many things, reading is good for you. It increases vocabulary, stimulates the developing brain in children and provides a higher aptitude for learning in general. But why would one of our most iconic comedians call books our best friend? Could reading provide children with more than just these cognitive benefits? Studies have shown that children who read regularly also benefit socio-emotionally. Sharing time with a caregiver while a story is read aloud is nurturing and beneficial at any age, not just for the very young. Children also learn about the world and themselves through the topics covered in both fiction and nonfiction, and they develop empathy by putting themselves into “someone else’s shoes.”
The goal of the Winter Reading Challenge is to help children find joy in reading and maybe discover a new “best friend.” It was developed for three different reading audiences.
• Ages 0–4: Includes activities that promote literacy and are fun for the child and caregiver to do together.
• Grades K–4: Your child is in control, setting reading goals and having an opportunity to spin a wheel and receive experiential learning activities to share with caregivers and friends.
• Grades 4–6: Tweens set their own reading goals and are invited to complete weekly STEM challenges.
Are you ready to accept the challenge? Stop by the Kids’ World Desk to pick up a game card starting December 12. Keep track of your reading and when the card is full, bring it in to select a free book of your choice.