UR Warner School of Education Gears Up for Annual Reading Campaign in February

Month-long Social Media Push Promotes Reading Aloud to Children

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education is running its annual social media campaign to promote the importance of reading. The month-long reading initiative themed “What Are You Reading?” encourages readers to document, share, and tag photos of books read aloud to children, using the hashtags #Read4Luv and #WhatIAmReading The month-long social media campaign kicks off February 1 

The annual social media campaign promotes the importance of reading aloud to children of all ages, and continues to yield many posts and photos of people sharing books and their enjoyable experiences of reading together. Its aim is to help ignite children’s passion for reading.

 With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, St. George offers the following seven tips for reading aloud and helping kids to “fall in love” with reading: 

  1. Make the read aloud an enjoyable experience. Snuggle up, relax, and have fun.
  2. Select a wide variety of books, genres, and illustration styles.
  3. Read with expression. Use funny voices for the different characters and sounds in the text.  
  4. Fluctuating your pace—reading faster or slower—can help if your child becomes distracted.
  5. Children may want to hear the same story over and over, and that’s fine.
  6. Conversations about the story may be helpful to maintain interest. Ask your child to make predictions about what is going to happen next.
  7. With family story time, older children can participate by taking a turn reading. Listening to a story together grounds families and offers a shared experience to relate back to.

To help support this effort and show the value of reading aloud, graduate students, faculty and staff of the Warner School will partner with and provide literacy support to scholars from East Lower School. Approximately 35 adult volunteers will be paired with eighth-graders at East as they read together during scheduled times this school year.