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Rhea Perlman Offers Tips for Making Reading "FUN" During Annual Reading Is Fundamental Week

LOS ANGELES—May 7, 2007—Actress and children's author Rhea Perlman is helping to celebrate children's literacy during Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Week, May 6-12, by providing her own tips for making reading fun for children. 

Perlman, the mother of three children and author of the Otto Undercover book series, offered the following advice to help parents encourage their children's reading:

  • Have fun reading. If you enjoy reading, your children will more likely enjoy it too…like sports or music.
  • Reading is a life skill, so encourage your children to read everywhere…signs on the road, names of stores, menus in restaurants, cereal boxes, and recipes you and your child cook together.
  • Let your children read anything interesting or fun, such as riddles and jokes, amazing fact books, weird nature and science books, comic books, and magazines
  • Don't expect too much at once.  Allow your children to progress at their own speed. Understand that reading can be a difficult skill for some kids and they won’t learn faster if it becomes a chore.

"Few causes are as important as children's literacy," said Perlman, this year's honorary RIF Week chairwoman. "RIF Week is a great time to celebrate reading and recognize how fundamental it is to helping children achieve success in school and life." 

"During RIF Week, we salute the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who create fun and exciting book distributions and literacy activities to help motivate millions of children to discover the joy of reading," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "Research has shown that when children read for fun they are more likely to do well in school." 

To hear more from Rhea Perlman and for a list of ways to help promote children's literacy in your community, please visit www.rif.org.

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Contacts:

Frank Walter, RIF, 202-536-3435

Alan Winnikoff, Sayles & Winnikoff Communications, 212-679-4639
For Rhea Perlman

 
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Rhea Perlman Offers Tips for Making Reading "FUN" During Annual Reading Is Fundamental Week