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Help Your Child Succeed in School—Read at Home!


Did you know that brains begin to mature before birth and that research shows that growing brains are physically shaped by experience?


Reading allows complex brain networks to grow and complex brain development leads to higher thinking skills. Parents can make a critical difference in their child’s brain development by providing a wide range of reading experiences for them.


So, how do you encourage your child to read?

  1. Ask the Librarian at your school or public library. We LOVE to help readers find books that interest them. 
  2. If you have an AACPS student in your home, make sure they're using their SAIL library card. SAIL works just like a regular library card, only there’s no plastic card to keep track of.
  3. Start a book club! PBS has dozens of tips for children’s book clubs and activities to encourage reading in the home. 
  4. Browse the AACPL public catalog. It allows you to keep booklists, read other reviews, and suggests similar books to ones your child already likes.
  5. Check out the booklists and recommendations at one of these sites:

Happy Reading!

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