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National Family Literacy Day is observed each year on November 1. Celebrated across America, this day focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, National Literacy Day kicks off National Literacy Month in November. During the month of November, there are many events which are held at schools, libraries and other literacy organizations.

Thousands of new children’s books—long and short, poetry and prose, fantastical and realistic—are published every year. With this great variety, how can a parent or caregiver select just the right book to capture a child’s interest? Even if you are not familiar with children’s books, you know more about your child than anyone else does. You have the best possible chance to find a good fit. A boy who dislikes reading may become engrossed in a book about his favorite athlete. A girl who rarely finishes books may discover a series that makes her feel as if she’s found new friends. Knowing your children’s interests helps you to tell when a book is “just right.” Don’t worry if you can’t find the perfect book right away. Make a list of your child’s interests and then go to the library. If possible, select books you’re also interested in, because enthusiasm is contagious, says Dr. Deborah Wooten of the University of
Tennessee. If you and your child aren’t enjoying a book you’ve selected, don’t be afraid to try something else.

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