My wife and I believe that children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don't. This is why our son Dylan's room has plenty of books. Now I'd be misleading you if I told you he can read a book all by himself or draw a picture about the book without his parents assistance, but for age 4, we're impressed with his progress.

Experts say that kids who read often are higher achievers than those who read rarely. So we set a goal for Dylan, to read four books at age 4 and next year we'll require five books for age 5. That's not asking too much. is it?


The first book he read, with assistance was; 'Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween'? Dylan says it's about candy, trick or treating and being scared.

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Next was 'Panda's Pizza'. Dylan's favorite part of the book was when Panda says, "This is yummy pizza". He mentions that a mouse jumps up on the plate and grabs the last piece of pizza. This book also assists with math.

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Next he enjoyed 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Dylan says that this book is about a caterpillar eating all the food. He gets a tummy ache and then he made a cocoon.

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Finally,'Graduation Day'. Dylan says this book is about Emily telling Little Clifford to go to puppy school. Clifford graduates with honors.

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Our son starts kindergarten in September and we hope he has a good head start.