Curl Up With A Good Book For Read Across America Week

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All week long millions of people are curling up with a good book as part of Read Across America Week.

The week often coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday and encourages students to read starting as young as possible.

A study by the Literacy Center of the Heartlands shows 75 percent of prison inmates are low-illiterate, and uneducated girls are four times more likely to get pregnant before 19.

"It's the foundation of our education," said La Vista Public Librarian Jodi Norton. "The children that become readers will go on to do great things in our community and in our world. So we like to get babies to adults, to anyone that comes in the library. That's our mission is to get them to read."

The La Vista Public Library is hosting an event at 3:30 on Monday in honor of Read Across America Week. Students will hear a Dr. Seuss book, have a snack and help with an "eruptive" activity.

All children who attend will also get a free book.

Norton said by incorporating different activities into reading, students will continue to stay engaged.

A study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed 53 percent of 4th graders read for fun on their own. But in 8th graders, that number was down to only 20 percent.

Researches said this might be because of a lack of engagement from parents as children grow up. To combat this, they suggest incorporating reading into every day life.

For instance, reading magazines, cereal boxes, even street signs.

"Think of all the ways that you read during the day," Norton said. "On the way to school they're reading the stop signs. Kids know what the big M is, McDonald's, they're reading that."

Studies show children who read have better communication, vocabulary and written skills.

It's why Norton suggests getting a book into a child's hand before they can even read. While they may not know the words, they will begin to learn loving books.

All week long WOWT 6 News reporters and anchors will be traveling to different schools in the Metro to read to classes.