National Family Literacy Month ends today, but that doesn't mean we have to stop reading together! When it comes to instilling a lifelong love of reading among children, families play a critical role. That’s why it’s so important to encourage parents to read aloud to their children at home during — and beyond — National Family Literacy Month.
Reading together not only builds important skills; it’s also an opportunity to learn about other cultures. Earlier this month, in our webinar on Sharing Data with Families, Senior Content Expert Erica King shared a few special children's books with stories about Native American people and culture for Native American Heritage Month. But whether it's Native American Heritage Month, Family Literacy month, or just a Tuesday, these fantastic books can be cherished and read to a child in your life any day.
Read a few of Erica's recommendations to honor family literacy and Native American heritage this month and beyond.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
In this family-friendly story about environmental justice, families learn why it’s so important to protect the Earth’s water. With beautiful illustrations and inspiring prose, children will be inspired to defend one of our planet’s most important resources.
I Sang You Down From the Stars by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
A loving story about the celebration and welcoming of a new baby, this book is a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between parents and children and show just how important tradition, family, and community really are.
Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
This is another wholesome family-oriented story about a mother’s unconditional love. Set in the arctic and featuring whales, wolves, puffins, and more, this story encourages families to reflect on different cultures and traditions, and how a mother’s love is everlasting.
Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
In this heart-warming story of a modern Native American family, families will learn how history inspires new traditions and how a simple food like fry bread symbolizes so much for Native American cultures, families, and history.