About Families Read
Anytime, Any place, Let's Read!
Families Read is a community-based early literacy initiative supporting the mission of Education and Outreach at WYCC PBS Chicago.
The over-arching goal of Families Read is to encourage parent/caregivers and children to read together as a daily practice.
There's always an opportunity to read: in the waiting room at the doctor's office, on a bus or train, in the grocery store, even street and traffic signs.
Families Read events spark children's imagination and creativity through fun and engaging reading activities that incorporate topics in history, the arts and STEM.
Reading events include a storyteller/teaching artist who presents entertaining content related to the title presented.
- Help children increase vocabulary - acquire more words
- Help children make real-world connections while developing empathy and understanding of others
- Provide a free book to each child in attendance to foster the importance of book ownership
Post-Families Read events, parent/caregivers receive a list of recommended books, activities and reading strategies to do at home as an extension of the learning experience.
Families Read events are held throughout Chicagoland, often targeting high-need communities. The program works hand-in-hand with WYCC PBS Chicago partners, museums, community centers, CPS schools and Chicago Public Libraries (CPL).
The Families Read Storytelling Series
Here's a Tip!
Look for books with repetition. Children feel smart when they can figure out what might happen next.