Many Nebraska school districts are taking part in America Reads, a national campaign designed to strengthen the reading ability of children from kindergarten to third grade.
Hundreds of community volunteers across the Husker State are reading to students.
A spokeswoman for the program, Val Dolezal, says parents should read to their children daily, starting at birth.
“Kids have more exposure with language, more exposure with books, the interest level grows for kids,” Dolezal says.
Some children now come to preschool or kindergarten already knowing how to read, Dolezal says, but others struggle. She suggests reading to your children until they are ready to read to you.
“So parents, grandparents, neighbors, get kids with books so they’re experiencing those books and what’s in them,” Dolezal says.
Even once they reach middle school, Dolezal suggests parents read the same books their kids are reading, so conversations can be had about the book.
Some schools offer programs like “Baggie Books,” which allow students to take home a baggie filled with books every night. Then, twice a week the books are swapped out with new ones to ensure children always have access to new books.