‘I love books’: Harlem literacy event enjoyed by grandmas and toddlers

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — It’s never too early to get read. Infants who are read to by a parent have a better chance of academic success in later years, experts say.

An event in Harlem to encourage literacy received huge support from the PIX11 family on Saturday. PIX11 reporter Greg Mocker joined us in reading “My Friend Rabbit” at the LINC Literacy Inc. Readathon in the Community Room at Franklin Plaza Apartments in East Harlem. Mocker, a Harlem neighbor, said he was happy to support an organization whose motto is “when a child reads, a community succeeds.”

“I’m used to crowds on the subway and buses,” Mocker said. “That’s my kind of thing, kids and family and just being together.”

On these monthly reading adventures, adults are encouraged to read their favorite books to small children for at least 20 minutes a day. At the end of the storytelling session, children of all ages can take a new book home for free.

“Storytime is so important,” said Jenice Zayas, parenting specialist for LINC Literacy Inc. “Because no matter what technology we’re in, you have to be able to read to maneuver that technology.”

“Reading is essential,” said Silvia Alemany, East Harlem manager at LINC Literacy Inc. “You need to read 20 minutes to your kids every day to bond.”

The room was filled with grandmothers who know the importance of reading to their little ones. This PIX11 reporter, a grandmother, had the chance to read one of my favorite children’s books written by my PIX11 colleague, Jennifer Bisram, called “Grandma Used To Say”.

“I love when you read. You see all these different places,” said Major Coleman, 7. His grandmother agreed. “We use Facebook a lot, phones, iPads, but I love books said Suzette Johnson.

For more on upcoming reading adventures, visit lincnyc.org

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