Stop thinking about beautiful hills! Think about early childhood literacy and free books for Addison County’s preschool-aged kids.
Addison County Readers, in association with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, is bringing books and kids together. The free program mails new books each month to kids all over Addison County.
Age-appropriate books are selected each year by a national committee of representatives from the Parents as Teachers National Center, the International Reading Association, the University of Tennessee, Rutgers University, and the teaching profession.
The first book in the series is “The Little Engine that Could.” After that, participating children receive a new book each month. New titles are introduced each year so younger kids will not receive the same books as their older siblings.
The most important rule parents must follow to participate in the program is that they must read to their child.
Many children’s literacy advocates claim that Reading children’s stories aloud in the home is THE single most important activity for future success. Some of the greatest benefits of reading to young children are:
- Strong relationships
- Academic Excellence
- Basic Speech Skills
- Better Communication Skills
Started in her home county in Tennessee, the Imagination Library has been fostering a love of reading in preschoolers since 1996. In 2000, in front of the National Press Club, in Washington D.C., Dolly Parton announced the launch of her program nationwide. Soon after that, the program was made available in the UK.
For local information contact:
Addison County Readers, Inc.
75 Main Street , Middlebury VT 05753
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