Reading can (and should!) happen anywhere and everywhere. In fact, reading in situations that don’t necessarily involve books, like trips to the grocery store or walks in the park, can be a particularly great place to reinforce the importance and the fun of reading, and give children a chance to use their reading and critical thinking skills in real-life situations. This resource from Reading Rockets gives some ideas for how to have conversations with your child in the grocery store in order to jump-start and stimulate their reading growth and learning. For example, talk to your child about what you see that is the same and different about different boxes of pasta or pieces of fruit, point out the different shapes you see, and read the signs that tell you what items are in each aisle to figure out together where to find what you need.