Learning with Siouxland Libraries

How do I raise a reader?

  • Read, write, talk, sing, and play - these all develop reading skills.
  • Read out loud to your child - even if they are already reading independently.
  • Listen to your child read out loud and be patient.
  • Be a reader yourself - make sure your child sees you reading.
  • Praise your child for reading.
  • Make reading a part of your daily routine.
  • Encourage your child choose books that are interesting to them - regardless of reading level.
  • Check out fun books phonics - kids familiar with phonics have an easier time reading.
  • Talk with your child's teacher on how to develop your child's reading skills.
  • Read in your or your child's mother language.
    Siouxland Libraries boasts an excellent language collection. Get started with this list, ask a librarian for help finding books in your language, or request specific languages for purchase here.

More information on raising a reader:

Information by Age Range:


Kindergarten-5th Grade

Have questions about these or other library services?

Email us at libask@siouxfalls.org or call us at 605-367-8700.