Reading Rocks: A Kids Literacy Fun Guide for Parents

Story book trails and more: Have fun with kids literacy with the Reading Rocks guide, sponsored by Wayne County Community College District!

There really is nothing quite like curling up with a good book. No matter what is happening around you, a book can provide an adventure, a quiet escape or simply a reason to relax far away from those persistent Zoom meetings.

In fact, we at Metro Parent believe instilling the love of reading is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.

So we’ve teamed up with Wayne County Community College District to put together a free downloadable guide for National Reading Month – and all the other months in between – to help you foster that love of reading in your home.

WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Detroit’s greatest reading champion and author, says, “Show me a child who reads, and I’ll show you a child who is curious and has an active imagination. And, by now, most educators realize that imagination is one of the building blocks of intelligence.”

Kickstart your child’s imagination by taking a day out to explore one of the amazing reading trails right here in southeast Michigan, read our tips for how to raise a reader from birth and check in to see if your child is on track to read one of the 24 books every child should read before leaving elementary school — a great list created by southeast Michigan and Ann Arbor parents.

Plus, be on the lookout for a virtual Bookworm Club for kids in grades PreK-5, created by Dr. and Mrs. Ivery, to replace the hugely popular and massive literary event, The Chancellor’s Reading Carnival for Children. The Reading Carnival had to pause this year due to the pandemic. Details can be found at


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