Free books available for children in Ohio

Reading aloud to children and giving them access to books is the best way to ensure they are ready for kindergarten. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library sends young children one book a month until their 5th birthday. The program is available to all Ohio children from birth to age 5, at no cost to their families. Parents and guardians can register their children at

This service is available through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and various local affiliates.

There are four questions you can ask while reading to your child that will start a conversation: What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you think could happen?

A 2008 report revealed what many parents already know. Reading aloud to young children, especially in an engaging way, promotes emergent literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent. Plus, it can foster a love of reading, which is even more important than improving specific literacy skills. When parents have positive attitudes toward reading, they are more likely to create opportunities for their children that foster positive attitudes toward literacy. Additionally, they can help children develop strong language and literacy skills. When parents share books with their children, they can foster their children’s understanding of the world, their social skills, and their ability to learn coping strategies.

In other words, the more a child reads, the more their vocabulary expands. A 2019 study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) estimated that children who are read to regularly in the five years before kindergarten are exposed to 1.4 million more words than children who are not read to. not read during those years. Sitting down with a picture book can make a huge difference in a child’s future. Children who are read to regularly are more likely to have strong literacy skills.

Groucho Marx once said, “Apart from a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.

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