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10.02.03

Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit
If you are the parent of a young child, the most important 20 minutes of your day are those you spend reading aloud to your child.

Why?  The single most important predictor of reading success in school is that a child is read to regularly by a parent.  Reading aloud creates closeness and opportunities for sharing and talking with your child.  Listening and vocabulary skills improve when a child is read to regularly.
February, designated as "I Love to Read" Month, is the perfect time to enjoy sharing books with your child.  Between February 16 and March 31, join with parents and children across Virginia in “Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit”, an at-home reading program. The program is designed for young children, from birth to age 6, and contains elements to help parents and others assist in children's reading development.
The reading program is simple and easy for busy families.  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come to the library to pick up a beautifully illustrated Peter Rabbit reading log and bookmark.  Choose books to read together.  Each time your child visits the library, stickers will be added to his Peter Rabbit sticker sheet, one sticker for each book read. At the end of the program, each child will receive a certificate of participation and her sticker sheet.   Enjoy the snuggle time with your child, and share the joys of reading entertaining books together.  The Peter Rabbit log is your child’s keepsake memento. Materials are also available in Spanish.
What books will you read with your child?  This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the favorites of your own childhood all over again, books such as “Peter Rabbit”, “The Little Engine that Could”, “The Story of Babar”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, “Millions of Cats”, “Make Way for Ducklings”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Snowy Day”, “Little Bear”, “Goodnight Moon”.
And there are many new books with beautiful art work to discover.  Look for “The Lion & the Mouse”, “Little Blue Truck Leads the Way”, “Wag!”, “Dog and Bear”,  “Archie and the Pirates”, “Coolies”, “The Cinder-Eyed Cats”, “Skippyjon Jones”, “Stellaluna”, “Olivia”,  “Chaucer’s First Winter”, “Snow Music”, “Groundhog Stays Up Late”, “Pouch!” 
Nursery rhymes are always a good choice, and there are a variety of collections to choose from.
How many books can parents and children in Tazewell County share during the Winter Reading Program?
Reading aloud to your child is simple, fun, and free.  When you read with your child, you give him or her one of the best gifts possible—the beginning of an education.  Children who listen to books--lots of them--have already learned more than you may realize, and they will be ready to read when they enter kindergarten.
In its second year, this Winter Reading program is jointly sponsored by the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Library of Virginia, Smart Beginnings, the Virginia Department of Social Services, Read Aloud Virginia, and local libraries statewide.
Instill a love of reading in your child today.  Your library is your partner in learning, and we are ready to help you find the books to get started.  Visit us at www.tcplweb.org or call Tazewell at 988-2541, Bluefield at 326-1577 or Richlands at 964-5282.

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