Just for parents

March 19, 2000

The Sun's readers tell their success stories and offer tips on encouraging children to read.

Decoding useful news

"After breakfast, my children and I read the weather section in the morning paper to help decide what they should wear. The importance of reading is immediately reinforced as the information just obtained helps them pick out their clothes and make decisions about whether to wear a coat or carry an umbrella."

-- Joy Smith, Ellicott City

Take turns reading

"If a child does not like to read, get a book and read some pages and then let your child read some pages out loud. A lot of times after you start a book, the child will get interested in it and read the book himself."

-- Andrea Balotin, Randallstown

Oldies but goodies

"As a grandmother of two, I like to make story time with them a fun time. I like to read some of the old books my own kids read. I let them know their father enjoyed this time when he was a child, too."

-- Sheila M. Berman, Reisterstown

The Sun invites readers to send in tips about encouraging children to read, and we will print them on this page or on sunspot.net, our place on the Internet. Please include your name, town and daytime phone number. Send suggestions by fax to 410-783-2519; by e-mail to sun.features@baltsun.com; or by mail to Reading by 9 Parent Tips, The Sun, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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