first_img Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Reading to a child is more than just teaching them to read and to bond. Studies have shown that reading to kids is the single most important thing a parent can do, and can help kids acquire language, prepare them for school, and instill a love of learning.It is also the easiest way to prevent learning problems from manifesting in the future. Yet, with all its importance, many people still have no idea how this simple act can have an enormous positive impact on a child’s life.In the US, less than half of all children are being read to everyday, and this is not acceptable.How can families make reading a part of their lifestyle? First, limit the family’s TV viewing time. By turning off the tube and using the time to read, you can start a routine that everyone can get used to.Parents should also teach by example. If kids see their parents read books or magazines all the time, the child will learn the value of reading and emulate the parents. The value of modeling should never be underestimated.You can also ask your child to read together with you. It shows the child that reading is important to you, and gives an opportunity to talk about the book. This helps the kid’s comprehension and helps you bond with your child by opening up the lines of communication between parent and child.Also, when reading books with a child, make sure to keep it relevant to a child’s life to keep them interested. If the child is set to visit a doctor, read a book about going to the doctor. If your family just had a trip to the mountains, read a book about the mountains and the animals that live on it. If your child is obsessed with fairies and dragons, find them a book about fairies and dragons.Keeping your child interested and engaged in the topic will ensure they never get bored about reading.If you need help finding the latest children’s books about almost anything, you can visit the Book Rack at 204 S. First Avenue, Arcadia, where a full range of children’s books from fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy await your child’s imagination.A good book to start with is “The Magic Spell (My Secret Unicorn)” by Linda Chapman. A story about Lauren Foster and her secret unicorn, Twilight, an ordinary pony by day, but at night becomes a unicorn with magical powers.If your child has no interest in unicorns, you can also choose other recommended books such as “Dexter’s Laboratory” by Howie Dewin, or for the older kids, “Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Book Rack is one of the few remaining independent book stores where each customer is treated like a friend, and you can freely discuss other books and ideas with other customers, too.Much like the old bar sitcom, Book Rack is the place where everybody knows your name (or will know if you’re a first-timer).To find out more about the available books for your child, visit or call (626) 446-2525 for more details. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Thats Living! Literacy and Your Child Literacy means being able to read and write and are two of the most important skills every child should learn. It’s never too early to start, and never too late to improve. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Monday, September 23, 2013 | 11:32 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more