National Family Literacy Month Book-A-Thon!

Bedtime Story

November 2013 marks National Family Literacy Month!

Guided by research that shows that the most significant factor impacting a child’s academic success is being regularly read to by a parent or other primary adult caregiver before starting kindergarten, communities all around the country are encouraging parents and educators to read with their children this month by organizing read-a-thons, book drives, celebrity appearances, and more.

Raising A Reader MA is launching a Book-A-Day campaign to challenge families to read one book together for each day of the month of November. Our goal is to end the cycle of low literacy by helping families across MA develop high-impact home reading routines that lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning, success, and productive, responsible citizenship. Help us to reach our goal by monitoring this website (see list below!) and our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily suggestions of books to read, as well as reading tips and strategies to incorporate with your children.

Happy Reading!



Reading Tip

11/1 The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator) Can you find the bunny hiding in each picture?
11/2 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Author), Eric Carle (Illustrator) A perfect book for children to fill in the blank! What do you see?
11/3 Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Author), Anita Jeram (Illustrator) This sweet bedtime story will get you talking about all the ways you love your little one.
11/4 Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator) Can you find the mouse throughout this classic?
11/5 The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Very Hungry Bear by Don Wood (Author) How would you hide your strawberry from the big hungry bear?
11/6 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Practice counting all the caterpillar’s snacks.
11/7 Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola Make up your own story with this wordless book, then cook a delicious breakfast together.
11/8 All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury A great choice for the littlest readers. Share the book then sing the song!
11/9 Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guarino (Author), Steven Kellogg (Illustrator) Visit many animal friends in search of llama’s mama.
11/10 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Author) Before there was a movie, the book captured our imaginations. Introduce this classic to your own wild thing.
11/11 Silly Sally by Audrey Wood Silly Sally’s wacky walk and rhyming prose will be a sure hit.
11/12 The Napping House by Audrey Wood (Author), Don Wood (Illustrator) Read this book to ease your child into naptime (but here’s hoping for a more peaceful rest!)
11/13 The Snowman by Raymond Briggs As the weather gets colder, we’re getting ready for snowy friends.
11/14 Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day Wordless books are a great way to use your imagination and share lots of new words with your child. Make up your own story about Carl’s adventures!
11/15 Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Ratham Follow the gorilla and his little friend the mouse on their adventure through the zoo. How can the zookeeper miss all the action?
11/16 Bear on a Bike by Stella Blackstone This rhyming book gives many opportunities for your child to chime in.
11/17 No, No, Titus by Claire Masurel and Shari Halpern What trouble will Titus get into next? Find your favorite picture!
11/18 White on Black by Tana Hoban Babies see the contrast of black and white better than colors. Check out how excited your little one gets!
11/19 Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert Extend this book with a trip to the garden or grocery store.
11/20 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff This silly chain-of-reactions book is a great conversation starter. What would happen if you gave a mouse a cookie?
11/21 Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough Have your child fill in the sentence with a rhyme.
11/22 Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems Trixie loves her Knuffle Bunny. Does your child have a lovey that can’t be lost?
11/23 Elmer’s Colors by David McKee Elmer is worried about being different, but learns this is his best gift! What makes you special?
11/24 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury Use this book to talk with your child about what makes us same and different.
11/25 The Gigantic Turnip by Alexai Tolstoy and Niamh Sharkey This book is great for building memory skills. Do you know who helped pull the turnip?
11/26 How do Dinosaurs go to School? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague Our favorite dinosaur is off to school! Whether or not your child is already in school, use this book to talk about that special place.
11/27 The Mitten by Jan Brett Mitten weather is coming. How many animals would fit in your mitten?
11/28 On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tilman This story even includes moments to personalize it to your child as you let them know how thankful you are for the night they were born.
11/29 What We Wear by Maya Ajmera Learn about what children wear around the world. Talk about what your child wears for different occasions.
11/30 Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats Winter is almost here. How will you have fun in the snow?