Consider a book in the Easter basket this year

Dear Editor:

Early childhood literacy is a necessary piece in a child’s well-being and future success in school. The Reach Out and Read program at Cambridge Medical Center gives each child a book at their well-baby checkup from age 6 months to age 5. Doctors are promoting reading and literacy in their youngest patients.

We have wonderful book stores in the Cambridge-Isanti area. East Central Regional Library is a fantastic resource. Children are able to get their own library card. The children and families in our region have so many resources, including thrift shops which sell great books at bargain prices.

Easter is coming. What to put in an Easter basket? Books are a low calorie, low sugar, stimulating choice which also promotes parent and child reading together. There are lots of good choices, such as “Clifford the Red Dog’s Easter,” by Norman Bridwell and “Listen Buddy,” by Helen Lester. Whether you are a parent grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister or brother, please consider a book in the Easter basket of your favorite children.

Jennie Becker