What could happen if you did A Read A Day?
Remember the old saying An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
This was a metaphor of sorts. Eat good food and you’ll stay healthy was the idea. While the whole “apple a day” theory isn’t true in the strictest sense I do think the idea holds true. Healthy food goes a long was to keeping our bodies healthy.
What about our minds?
Is there one thing, one apple you could say, to help ensure your child would be smart, literate, do well in school?
A Read A Day
It has been shown by researchers that yes, in fact, there is an apple for the mind. Books!
Reading aloud every day to your child will have life long benefits for not only their cognitive development but other areas as well.
Join the A Read A Day Reading Challenge
Will you join us?
Given the research and well immense fun of reading aloud, I have challenged myself to read every single day to my kids and I hope you’ll join us.
You don’t have to be a parent. This challenge is for anyone who spends time every day with a child or group of children . All you have to do is spend a little time every single day for 365 days reading aloud.
But Erin, I already read every day to my kids you say. To you I challenge – read more! Pick one more time a day and read again or simply read an extra book when you already routinely read.
Ready to get started?
Ready to connect with your kids over some amazing books? Ready to get inspired with new reading ideas? Ready to meet new authors and new favorite books?
Let’s get started!
What do you have to do?
- Subscribe below and you’ll immediately gain access to this and any prior month’s reading challenges. You will also get access to exclusive giveaways for subscribers via email each month.
- Print the Challenge + Post it somewhere you will see every day. Every month we will have a new fun theme and book ideas.
- Read a book a day and check off that day’s box.
- As you go, tag a picture of you reading to your child or a photo of what you read to Instagram with the tag #aReadaDay to share what you are reading with the other challenge participants. This is a fun way to find new books to read aloud and I will re-share my favorites on @MyStorytimeCorner
Note: This has changed. If you want to read more about the changes – read this post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to follow the chart you send or can I just read what I want?
My overall goals are to encourage you to read aloud more and to introduce you to some authors, books, and ideas you might not have considered. I encourage you to try new books and new ideas, but if you are reading at least one book to your child every day then you can cross off a box.
Do I have to do the ideas in order?
No. I will post towards the end of each month with a list of book ideas to go along with the suggestions for the upcoming month. You can absolutely pick your own titles, but these will give you some ideas. That being said, if you want to read a book by Shirley Hughes on Monday and it isn’t on the monthly checklist until next week – read Shirley Hughes. Check them off in any order you wish.
What if I don’t have an Instagram account?
Three options. One, you can download it for free and as evidenced by my 3 accounts, I am a fan.
However if you’d rather not add one more thing to your already busy life – completely get that! – then another option is to share them on Facebook. I will re-share my favorites here too.
Three – just do it for fun with your kids.
I missed the beginning of this in January. Can I still join?
Yes! It’s always a good time to start working on a new goal and it’s always a good time to read aloud. Jump in whenever you want. If you look below you’ll also find links to all of my past A Read A Day Weekly posts.
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2017 a Read a Day Challenges
Month 1: JanuaryChallenge
Month 2: February Challenge
Month 3: 2017MarchChallenge
Month 4: 2017AprilChallenge
Month 5: 2017MayChallenge
Month 6: 2017JuneChallenge
Month 7: 2017JulyChallenge
Month 8: 2017AugustChallenge
Month 9: 2017SeptemberChallenge