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Editorial: Enjoy a good book, become a lifelong reader

Children from all over the country will come together today to celebrate the 16th annual National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.

The day celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and the joys of reading.

In 2016, nearly 45 million children nationwide participated.

Want to help motivate your child to read? Consider these tips from the National Education Association:

• Visit your local library often. Get your children their own library cards, and check out some of the activities taking place. For example, today there is a birthday party for Dr. Seuss from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Albert Lea Public Library.

• Let your child see you reading, whether it’s the newspaper, a magazine or a book.

• Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters, or have the whole family set aside some time to read together.

• Show your child how people use reading all the time, whether through reading street signs, maps, billboard, menus or labels on packages.

• Create a library for your child of new or used books.

• Set up an area in your home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.

• Subscribe to a children’s magazine, and read it together each month.

• Play rhyming and word games; write stories together.

• Talk about daily activities or tell stories about your family to help children develop their language skills.

Let’s use this day to kick off a year full of reading. Pick up a book, and become a lifelong reader.