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Early reading and art for I love to read month

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Early childhood educators are celebrating February as I Love to Read Month with a variety of interesting activities to spark early reading skills for young children. Easy to understand text and colorful illustrations are the keys for creating early interest in books and reading. Picture books with few words are often the first books that young children will want to look at over and over again. Illustrators for children's books are now using a variety of techniques to create works of art to accompany the story. Collages, pen and ink, and alternating black and white with color on the pages of children's books are just a few of the techniques that illustrators are using to create beautiful pictures.

Sarasota's Ringling Museum of Art is a community icon and the museum is hosting an event on February 15 at 10:30 for ages 4-7 to celebrate February as I Love to Read Month. The free event is designed to encourage young children to connect art with early literacy. Activities will center around great read-alouds, picture books with creative illustrations, and the art that is found in the Ringling Museum of Art. "ROAR! The Ringling Order of Young Readers" is a great way to introduce your child to fine books and fine art with developmentally appropriate activities.

The Ringling Museum of Art is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. Registration is required and intereated parents may call 941-359-5700, ext. 2700 for this event. You may also log on at www.library@ringling.org.

Celebrate February as I Love to Read Month with great art and great children's books. A fun activity to take this experience home with you is to purchase postcards of paintings that are available at the museum and coordinate the postcard paintings with your child's favorite books at home. You also might like to have your children make their own art illustrations for a favorite book after participating in the art with books at the Ringling Museum of Art.

Check out the included video with suggestions for hanging your children's at.

Happy I Love to Read Month!

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