It’s natural for us parents to want to raise voracious readers and have our children grow up to love nothing more than leisurely lounging under a tree with their favorite book in hand.
And while we can’t force our kids to adore all things literary, what we can do as parents is to give them the choice, ability, and the tools needed to help foster their book-loving personalities.
Here are some ways to do just that.
Read To Your Kids
This is the easiest and most effective way to not only show your kids that books exist, but to get them interested in grabbing for books as well.
And read to them often, not just at bedtime but at anytime throughout the day.
It also will grab their attention if mom and dad are readers themselves, children love to model grownups’ behavior so if they see you reading, chances are they’ll want to mimic your style.
Hang Out At Libraries
Libraries have special rooms where you can take your children and hang out, look at the books, and play with the toys they have there.
Just about every library that my family has visited also hosts an array of fun and free activities for children of all ages – each carefully planned by experienced librarians and staff with your child’s creative interests in mind.
I’ve also seen such options as kids can read away their late fees – for just a half an hour of reading an age appropriate book, the librarian will wipe away $1 of your late fees. Not too shabby I say.
Visit the library often with your kids. It lets them know that libraries are fun, safe, and neat places to hang out and meet other like-minded children and adults.
Fostering a love of books is just that – a love of books, not a tablet or eReader.
There is simply no replacement for running your hands over the pages of a book while you turn them or opening that stiff new spine to page one.
Let your children enjoy this nostalgia and watch them revel in the delight of all things books – just like you did when you were their age.
That’s not to say that they can’t become familiar with eReaders and tablets, but my advice would be to let them experience books in their original and raw form as they were meant to be enjoyed before the kids become used to turning virtual pages.
Don’t Get Pushy
We all become reluctant to do something when we feel like we have to because it then becomes a chore rather than a pleasure.
So don’t force your kids to read, they’ll naturally become aware of books as they start to develop the skills they need to read and explore them.
As a parent, your aim will be on providing the environment that introduces and allows for kids to explore reading and books in all their glory.
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