OKLAHOMA – Reach Out and Read Oklahoma, part of a nationwide school readiness program, is encouraging parents to read holiday books to their young children this time of year. The organization has put together a list of the best seasonal books for children, including books about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

“The holidays are the perfect time for families to come together and read,” said Steve Davis, director of Reach Out and Read Oklahoma. “Spending quality time together through reading every day can help stimulate a child’s development, prepare them for learning in the classroom and lead to success later in life.”

Reach Out and Read targets children who are at greatest risk for school failure and illiteracy and provides them with high-quality children’s books and their parents with reading tips and guidance on the importance of reading aloud. Fourteen research studies confirm that Reach Out and Read works – families served by the program read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental age over their peers. Reach Out and Read is a program of Smart Start Central Oklahoma.

The organization recommends the following books to read to children this holiday season:

 

Christmas:

“My First Christmas” by Tomie dePaola

“The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas” illustrated by Mike Terrell

“The Christmas Baby” by Marion Dane Bauer

Hanukkah:

“Hanukkah Moon” by Deborah Da Costa

“My First Hanukkah Board Book” by DK Publishing

“Moishe’s Miracle: A Hanukkah Story” by Laura Krauss Melmed

 

Kwanzaa:

“Seven Days Of Kwanzaa” by Melrose Cooper

“My First Kwanzaa Book” by Deborah Chocolate

“The Children’s Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday” by Dolores Johnson

 

Reach Out and Read is a national partner of Let’s Read. Let’s Move., an administration-wide effort led by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Corporation for National and Community Service and five federal agencies.

Learn more about the organization at www.reachoutandreadok.org.

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