SPRING PARENT NIGHTS  Raising A Reader will be hosting Spring Parent nights at various schools in the coming months.  Learn how to maximize the time when you and your child are reading together. Hear about some simple techniques to enhance your family’s read-aloud time. Read together often!

BLUE BAG LIBRARY DAYS 2016  Between now and the end of April, we have scheduled more than 50 class field trips to local libraries. Children will learn all about the library, hear a story, and then receive a new, blue, Raising A Reader book bag they can keep forever. They also receive their first library card and will check out their first books. These events encourage families to build a lifelong relationship with their library, and they signal the transition from a RED book bag received weekly through classrooms, to a BLUE book bag they’ll now use at their library. Please feel free to join us: BLUE BAG LIBRARY DAYS. Excitement is guaranteed! Thank you to our teachers and all the librarians at all six Garfield County Library locations, Basalt Regional Library and Pitkin County Library.

IT’S ALL ABOUT, “BEHAVIOR THAT SPARKS A CONVERSATION”  We found this in an Oct. 11, 2014 article in the New York Times on literacy development.  “Parents who used conventional books were more likely to engage in what education researchers call ‘dialogic reading,’ the sort of back-and-forth discussion of the story and its relation to the child’s life that research has shown are key to a child’s linguistic development. What we’re really after in reading to our children is behavior that sparks a conversation.”

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RAISING A READER ENTERS KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE CLASSROOMS!   Welcome Two Rivers Community School, Basalt Elementary School and Wamsley Elementary School – our newest kindergarten classrooms. Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute is now helping Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms foster reading success. Book bags contain read-aloud titles AND first-reader books. Parents learn how to help with the learn-to-read process and are reminded that reading aloud is still important in the K-1 years.
OUR MISSION is to foster early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers.