BANGOR — Stimulating a child’s brain through reading is probably one of the healthiest things a parent can do for their kids, according to University of Maine Associate Professor of Literacy Susan Bennett-Armistead.
Bennett-Armistead teamed up with the Barbara Bush Foundation to help them do just that. The list of books online has been specially curated to entertain parents and nurture children.
“Children now are even more dependent on their parents for literacy interaction and so having her curate the set and come up with these 20 guides of books that are easy to get in libraries was a great fit for us,” said Pam Cote, senior director of curriculum and training at the Barbara Bush Foundation.
Bennett-Armistead said, “These are books that are really just excellent texts for children both birth to three, and what I did was curate that collection and then develop some materials.”
She said making the list of 20 books, with animals and nature and bedtime stories will give parents a variety to choose from. “The idea here was just to promote a collection of materials that allowed parents to find something that they could connect with themselves to create a wonderful time to interact with their babies,” she said.
On the Barbara Bush website, the books are free, and with Bennett-Armistead’s help, they will help thousands of children. Bennett-Armistead plans to continue her work with the Barbara Bush Foundation to help families and kids on their literacy journey.