I love reading books…I really love reading children’s books. During our preschool years my sister and I collected a large library of children’s books. I remember sitting on the floor as we packed up the school for the very last time, both pregnant with our first babies. We carefully decided who’s box each book would go into. Both of us had favorites that we could imagine reading to our little ones over and over.
It doesn’t surprise me that both of our homes are full of books, all of our children have a genuine love of books and that reading is a daily activity.
So how do you encourage reading in your home? Here is a list of the reading rules I think have made a big impact on our little readers.
1. Teach a respect for books. Only keep books on your self that are in good shape. Make sure all of your books are free from tears and unwanted writing. If a book gets riped, tape it before replacing it. Make sure that books are picked up when they are not being read. This will keep them from being stepped on.
2. Keep books in several places. Where do you spend time? Make sure there are a stack of books in arm’s reach no matter where your little one decides to read. Book shelves are great, but a book basket works well too!
3. Take advantage of the library and local book stores. If you get excited about outings focused around books and reading, your little ones will too! I have compiled some tips for library visits here and here.
4. Make story time a priority. Reading should be encouraged throughout the day, but having set story times is a good place to start. For more tips on creating an enhanced story time click here. (By the way. . .it’s never too young to start!)
5. Let them read what they want. Of course you’ll want to use caution with this, but if you give your kids the opportunity to read the books that they are drawn to they are more likely to love reading. Big M loves non-fiction, transportation books, and Little M is thrilled with the colorful covers of chapter books. (The subject matter is usually too mature for her, she likes to pretend she is reading her own version.)
6. Find a book buddy. Trade books with a friend or neighbor kids. If you take #1 on this list seriously, it will be easy to find someone who will be excited to trade books with you. The switch will give your kids the opportunity to have a fresh set of books on a regular basis.
What great reading tips do you have to share? Make sure to check back tomorrow for some super fun summer reading.