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March is Reading Month!

By: Dr. Stefanie Aronow, Chief Medical Officer

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March is designated as National Reading Month — a month to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. Reading is fun and has many benefits, regardless of your age. It’s a key component of education and professional development. It also has immediate and long-lasting health benefits, such as increased cognitive function, memory, vocabulary, empathy and decreased levels of stress.

“Get ‘em reading tips”:

  1. Keep books everywhere.
  2. Read aloud… share the experience with your kids.
  3. Read together… make it an interactive experience with your kids.
  4. Graphic novels are a form of reading, use them.
  5. Use multiple forms of reading: ebooks, audiobooks, hard cover, etc.
  6. Take a trip to the bookstore and give your child a budget in cash to pick out and pay for their own book themselves. It’s a way to elicit excitement and ownership over their new reading material.
  7. Never make it seem like a chore. Approach reading in a positive light and role model reading… if you read snuggled up on the couch, they just may join you!
  8. Create a comfy, appealing reading nook and designate it as the reading spot. Nothing fancy — throw pillows and a bean bag makes a great reading spot. 

Happy Reading!