Did you know children who read regularly are more likely to succeed? Reading improves attention spans, enlarges vocabularies and exposes children to new ideas. Children who read tend to excel in school and social situations. Good reading habits can be developed long before children set foot in a classroom.

Now through the first of the year, you can positively impact a child’s life by purchasing a book at Barnes & Noble stores throughout Wisconsin during the retail bookseller’s annual book drive.

Books will be donated to Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin and given to children across the state. Children who receive the books include foster and adopted children, children with special needs and children who receive counseling. Reading to your child provides an excellent opportunity to develop attachment and trust, which is vital especially for foster and adopted children.

Barnes & Noble hopes to collect 62,000 books in the 2011 book drive. Last year, customers donated more than 51,000 books. Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin distributed more than 25,000 books in the greater Milwaukee area alone.

Spending as little as 15 minutes a day reading to your child can help develop reading and comprehension skills. Equally important, your child will learn that reading can and should be fun. For more information about how you can donate, visit a Barnes & Noble near you.

Aaron Heffernan~ Aaron Heffernan, MA, LCSW, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin

Aaron is a child and family therapist at Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin specializing in trauma counseling. He has experience working with clients who are coping with depression, anxiety, divorce, and family and community violence. He is a certified practitioner of EMDR, and uses expressive modalities such as play therapy, bibliotherapy and music and art-based therapies with a wide range of clients.

Aaron is also a current partner with Project Ujima, a hospital-based program committed to helping families cope with community violence. He uses Hip Hop Music Therapy with many of his urban adolescent clients through their community outreach program.

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