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We <3 Reading: National Young Readers Week

We all know this is the month of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, but very few people are aware that this year, November 12-16 is National Young Readers Week. 

The name is pretty self-explanatory, but National Young Readers Week (or NYRW) is an annual event that celebrates and encourages reading for enjoyment. It was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and has been around since 1989.

To celebrate, schools invite guests from the community to read aloud to students in classrooms. If you have kids, here are some great ways to encourage reading for fun at home.

1) Be a role model – Lead by example and read on your free time to demonstrate the importance of reading for enjoyment.

2) Read together – Read aloud and along with your little ones and create dialogue and activities that correspond with the story.

3) Provide variety – Be sure to have different reading materials available for your children to explore, including children’s magazines, maps, storybooks, and more.

4) Make it fun – Associate fun elements with reading, like a House-shaped Bookrest Lamp, a unique Reading Light, a Bookmark Bedside Lamp, or things that feature their favorite characters. One of my favorite authors growing up was Roald Dahl, who wrote classics like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and far too many others to list–hence the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory mug. These kinds of things will be sure to excite and encourage readers of all ages!

Bookrest Lamp

Black + Blum Reading Light

Bookmark Bedside Lamp

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mug




Have any other suggestions on how to encourage young children to read? What are some of your favorite children’s books?

9 comments on “We <3 Reading: National Young Readers Week

  1. carly (@czamanac)
    November 12, 2012

    Reading is such an important skill. Where I’m from, the local firefighters do a community reading drive each year and it’s one of the few charities I support. Great tips!


    • stantalum
      November 13, 2012

      That sounds like such a fun thing to be part of. Thanks for checking out the blog!


  2. Melissa
    November 13, 2012

    I love reading and encourage my children to do the same. It gets their eyes away from the TV and video games. Great article!


  3. latelyleslie
    November 13, 2012

    If pizza hut still gave me free pizza coupons for reading, I would definitely read more (sadly)


    • stantalum
      November 13, 2012

      Lol, I remember those days from school. Maybe we can get you a list of fun books to read…that way you’ll want to read, even without free pizza! Suggestions, anyone?


      • Super Sasha
        November 14, 2012

        Cat in the Hat! Hey, you gotta start somewhere!
        I would say anything Vonnegut, but that’s not “fun”, per se…


  4. Jane
    November 27, 2012

    Ah…the days of school I totally want to go back in time 😦


  5. Sharon
    March 8, 2013

    my favorite book when I was little was The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. It’s a fantasy tale that got me into scifi at an early age. That and my dad pushing Ray Bradbury on me <—-dork! 🙂


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