International Literacy Day: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Around the world, 1 in 2 children lives in poverty. 250 million children are either not in school, or are in school and not learning – unable to read, write or count.

By age 3, children in low-income households hear an average of 30 million fewer words than their peers, putting them 18 months behind developmentally. They may never catch up.

Generous supporters like you help Save the Children provide access to books, support for parents, teacher training, preschool opportunities and after-school programs to help set children up for success. Last year, 13.8 million children around the world had the opportunity to learn, with a focus on early learning, boosting literacy and empowering youth. We reached more than 124,000 U.S. children in 16 states through our early education and literacy programs, and we distributed nearly 400,000 books.

In honor of Literacy Day, and every day, here are top tips to encourage the emerging readers in your life: 

Ten Tips to Boost Reading and Make Learning to Read Fun

  1. Tell a story to a child. Then discuss the people, places and events in it.
  2. Promote reading while feeding your family. Ask your child to name the ingredients. A delicious learning experience!
  3. Sing a song together. Songs have rhymes, meter and great words that are important for children to learn.
  4. Promote reading while shopping. Make a shopping list together, and read back from the list as you shop.
  5. Tell your child about the steps in your daily work or chores. Talking about ordinary daily routines can introduce new words.
  6. Read a book to your child. Help them learn to turn the pages of the book, teach them which is the front and which is the back of the book.
  7. Make reading materials together. Create an arts and crafts book, with a picture on each page and a few words of text.
  8. Read aloud labels on packaged food or items at home. Ask children to point out words that begin with a certain letter, or ask them to rhyme words in the text.
  9. Read and describe signs. Ask your child: What letters are in it? What color is it?
  10. Choose a letter of the day. In a central place, draw a letter of the day on a piece of paper or in chalk on the wall.
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