“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
If there is one thing that my husband and I did right in our early years of parenting, it was reading to our children! We read to them every single day until they were reading on their own and then we still read to them, just not as often. I am so very thankful that we made reading a priority and part of their bedtime routine! I believe that played a huge role in their love for reading now! For them a trip to the library is ‘almost’ as fun as a trip to the ice cream shop! When they had a week off for spring break I asked what they wanted to do…ice skating, roller skating, trampoline park? Their response? Let’s go to the library! So we went to the library and they each came home with a stack of books! And for the rest of the week they read…a lot! They even inspired me to read a book!! I actually finished it too!! I’ve started numerous books that I never finished! I am not (and never have been) a reader like they are, but I SO wish I was!
So if you’re looking for something fun and FREE to do with your kids, take them to your local library and be patient as they get lost looking at all the books full of wonder and opportunity! Encourage them to read and challenge them to move to more difficult books as they grow! Savanna absolutely loved the Rainbow Fairies books and was reading an entire book in about 30 minutes and that is when I began to challenge her to choose more difficult books. I explained that a quick ‘fun’ read is ok, but it’s good to read a longer book and challenge yourself too! I told her that the day I took these photos (last fall) and on this trip to the library she picked up a much larger and more challenging book titled “11 Birthdays” which was recommended by her big sister! It took her a while, but she finished it and she was so excited to tell me all about the book and how great it was! Since then I have seen a progression in her reading and her patience for reading a longer book!
I hope my girls always have a passion for reading!! I will end this Family Friday post with a very true quote by Dr. Seuss “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”