Read with Me

The Junior League of Gainesville’s Read with Me program works to open the world of books to students.Children receiving Read with Me bags containing books

Get Involved – Great Reading Tips

  1. Change the story to suit your child’s needs. You don’t have to read it word-for-word.
  2. Have your child get a library card in his or her name and make a trip to the library each week. Click here for a list of library locations.
  3. Talk to the children’s librarian for book recommendations.
  4. Turn off the TV! Use your imagination to create your own show.
  5. Have fun with books and words.
  6. Talk to your child about books or stories you enjoyed when you were little.
  7. Give books as presents!

Literacy Games

Why not make vocabulary and reading a game you can do at home? Here’s an easy way to boost your child’s vocabulary and keep kids busy. All you need are a few coins!

  1. Pull a few different coins from your purse or pocket.
  2. Count the coins together.
  3. Sort the coins into groups: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. Talk about their shapes and colors, and about the figures on each side.
  4. Play “I Spy” using the coins. Example: “I spy a coin worth 10 cents. Can you find it? I spy a coin with a bird on it. Can you find it?”

Here’s another game to help your child understand that printed words carry the meaning of the story.

You will need: paper, pencil, crayon and/or marker.

  1. Ask your child to draw a picture of something you did recently together on the top 2/3 of the paper.
  2. Ask your child to tell you something about the picture.
  3. Write down your child’s “story” (one or two sentences) under the picture.
  4. Read the story with your child several times.
  5. Hang the picture on the fridge or somewhere in the home that your child will see it every day.
  6. Ask your child you read the story back to you as it is written on the picture.


Would you like to learn how you can help the Read with Me Program? Click here.

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