If you're on the upper east side tomorrow afternoon, drop by Sleepy's on 86th Street (see attached invite). Laura Numeroff, the New York Times best-selling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie fame, will be reading from her latest book, The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza (you'll also get a free copy). Laura has partnered with Sleepy’s and the non-profit organization First Book to promote family bedtime reading.
Research shows that reading at least 20 minutes per night with your child can improve child literacy by 10 whole school days per year.
Laura would like to encourage parents to make a pledge to read to their children at least 20 minutes per night. Each pledge will support Sleepy’s corporate contribution to First Book by continuing to provide new books to families in need. You can take the pledge here (I just did!) and also enter for a chance to win lunch with Laura Numeroff here in the city.
These days, Baby S is more interested in chewing on books than the actual words written on the page. That being said, Husband and I do feel continued reading to her is very important, and the evidence is there, as stressed above. I have so many favorite childhood books, and I can't wait to share them with her one day (I could write my own book about my complete adoration for Anne of Green Gables).
If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by this special event tomorrow!