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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Developing a love of reading in our kids part 2.
I start reading to my kids as soon as they are born, but I must admit it is easier with fewer children. I am reading to our one year old and my husband has been reading to the older children. We love reading Lamplighter books. I also have my older kids read to my younger kids. This develops a love of books in both parties.
My kids and I love to go to library book sales together, and other used-book sales together. They earn their own money now to spend on books. I always buy a few books for them. We also buy them new books for holidays and birthdays. I want them to know that books are great gifts.
I take my kids to the library as often as I can. I also have my kids ask the librarians questions when they have them. My kids have developed several friendships with librarians. I want them to know other people who love books.
I also walk through the stacks of books with them at the library and book sales. I pull out books they may want, and we look for new books together. Since those were some of my best memories as a child, I want to have them with my kids.
Lastly, we try to attend author talks or book signings. That is a little more difficult, but we do. I have all my books signed by authors and illustrators in a special place. They are aloud to borrow them and put them back when they are finished.
When I see my kids choose reading a book over TV, see them sneak off to read, or the look of excitement on their face when they get a new book, I know I am on the road to cultivating a love of books.
Next Week: How an old student, an illustrator, and a Christmas card came together to show a love of reading.