Once a month, Sharon Swingle, a preschool teacher in Ashland Virginia, brings her class of preschoolers to their local library. She began the visits several years earlier because she "wants to instill in the children a love for reading and a comfort level with the way the library works." The children hear stories read aloud, but then, best of all, are able to choose their own books to check out and take back to the center. As Swingle notes, "while it's wonderful for parents to provide books for their children, there is something extra that happens when the children have played a part in choosing for themselves."
Read the full article about these "junior patrons" here; and check out Happy Reading's interview with Reading Rainbow host/creator LeVar Burton in which he talks about the future of literacy and the books that got him hooked on reading!**
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