Hello. My name is Crystal Swain-Bates, and I’m the author of eight children’s books including Naturally Me! and Big Hair, Don’t Care. I’m really excited about the Raise A Reader campaign because I know first-hand the difference that reading can make in the life of a child.
When I was growing up, I used to love to read. Oh my goodness. While other kids were outside playing and riding bikes, I was inside with my nose deep in a book, and I just absolutely adored it. It was just amazing to be able to travel to different places, learn about things that I did not experience in my daily life, and do all of that from the comfort of my favorite reading chair.
All of that reading really paid off for me, because it helped me build and expand my vocabulary. It helped me communicate with other people without having to search for words. You know, the more you read, the more you are introduced to things that you might not typically be exposed to.
One way to raise a reader is to expose your children to books that they can identify with, with characters that look like them. That has my main focus as an author. Another way you can raise a reader is to simply read with your child. Oh my goodness, kids love to have that bond with that parents. They love to spend that time, and if they see you reading, it really makes them want to imitate what you’re doing.
So Mommy’s reading or Daddy’s reading? I want to read too. That’s just how kids are. If children never see anyone in their household pick up a book, they probably won’t pick up a book either.
I hope you enjoyed this video, and I hope that you have really become inspired to introduce the world of reading to the child in your life. Thank you so much for watching, and happy reading.