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Celebrate National Read Across America Day with Daddy Nickell's Tips

National Read Across America Day is March 3rd, and now is the time to check to see what is on the bookshelf to read. It can be hard to find the time to shop for books that develop strong reading skills in your children. Luckily, Daddy & Co. offers solutions to this problem with their popular and enriching Bag O’ Books and Daddy Bookstore!

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Daddy Nickell is the founder of DaddyScrubs.com, delivery room duds, gifts, and apparel for dads, and the Daddyscrubs.com blog.
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Daddy Nickell's tips for celebrating National Read Across America Day:

  • Pick up Daddy & Co's Bag O' Books. Daddy & Co.’s Bag O’ Books comes in a 100% natural cotton canvas “I’m The Daddy!” Trunk Bag loaded with six popular daddy-themed books, plus a parenting guide, and pair of I'm the Daddy sunglasses.
  • Stop by Daddy's Bookstore! Daddy & Co.'s renowned Daddy's Bookstore offers popular and imaginative books that will inspire your child to read on National Read Across America Day and beyond. To see Daddy & Co's entire selection of books, go online to Daddy's Bookstore.
  • Check out the following books (in the slide show). These books will get your child excited for reading
  1. Scrub A Dub Dub with Daddy Duck & Rubber Duck
  2. What Daddy Bear Loves & Daddy Bear
  3. Oh, Daddy!
  4. I Love Daddy Because...
  5. My Daddy and Me
  6. , Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug
  7. Daddy, Papa, and Me
  8. The Ladybug Girl
  9. The Daddy Book
  10. Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl"
  11. The Baby Bonding Books for Dads
  12. Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies
  13. What a Difference a Daddy Makes
  • Read the books aloud with your child. Reading aloud helps develop a child’s imagination. Books let their imagination flow. Having creativity makes for a moldable adult whom can fit in all social situations and excel in any industry he or she chooses a career in.

Daddy Nickell stresses the importance of reading to and with your kids:

It helps your children with the understanding of language. Research has shown that the most important thing a parent can do to help their child learn and understand language is to read to them. Have them repeat certain words and phrases back as you read aloud. It helps them gain a stronger grasp of pronunciation, rhythm of speech, and builds self-confidence in their speaking voice. "

You get good quality one-on-one time with your child. When you read to or with your child, you are in close proximity building a bond and strengthening the friendship and love between the two of you. You touch your child more, give your child more affection, share more nonverbal communication, and you are creating memories that will stay with them into adulthood. "

It opens the lines of communication. Whether it simply starts a conversation with a child that is difficult to relate to, or it allows you to tackle some of the tougher topics involved in the stages of growing up, reading together opens those lines and gets the conversation flowing. When you read together, you become a safe person to ask questions to and get advice from, and your child will look to you as a leader and example to follow."

It keeps you in touch with your children. When your kids are young, you will choose the books, but as they grow old enough, let them decide what you read to them. The stories may be simple and you may have read them a million times, but letting your child chose will allow you to stay tuned into subjects that they like, and not to mention what they are reading. You will have more to relate to and a better idea of their interests and what is going on in their life. It can help you connect with them on a different level as you learn more about what inspires them as an individual."

They will know you care. Yes- your child will learn to read earlier, have a stronger vocabulary and become a better writer if they read more, but they will also know that they are loved and cared for by an attentive parent. Their self-esteem and confidence will grow, you will have a stronger bond with them, and they will feel safe and loved. All of these outcomes will shape them to be strong and capable adults with positive outlooks and bright futures."

Tips & more by Daddy Nickell:
Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, is the founder of Daddy & Co. (formerly Daddyscrubs), a gift and apparel company dedicated to celebrating fatherhood. He also provides a father’s perspective on his DailyDaddy blog with topics such as bonding with your child and what the father should expect during pregnancy and infancy. In addition, he contributes his parenting expertise to national talk shows and daytime television shows and as a syndicated columnist. For more information, please visit http://www.daddyncompany.com.