Michelle is a second grader with a passion for reading. “As soon as I get home from school, I like to go to my room and read,” she states proudly. Her family helped develop this love by reading aloud to her starting at birth. They did this because of the books and literacy advice they received from their medical provider through the Reach Out and Read KC program. Michelle was one of the nearly 30,000 children in KC that receives new books from their medical provider each year.
After she started receiving the RORKC books, her father built a special bookshelf to store them. Michelle is now 8 years old and no longer receives brand new books from her medical provider, but does take gently used books from the waiting room to continue her library. “When I get a new book and I finish reading it, I put it on a bookshelf that my daddy made to keep it safe from other kids.” said Michelle.
Michelle loves reading because it’s fun! When asked about her favorite kinds of books, she responds, “I like books that make me laugh a lot and smile. I like books about animals, princesses, all kinds of books. ”
Her family has also transitioned from solely reading aloud to her, to having Michelle practice reading aloud to them. “I love reading aloud with my family because it makes them happy and it helps me become a better reader, ” Michelle says.
We love your passion for reading Michelle!