About once a week, my wife takes our kids to our local library where our girls procede to check out about 50 books at a time and our son tries to pull everything off the shelves. Any book is fair game but they sometimes come back to the same stories again and again. They’re into books about girl things like ballerinas and princesses and the Civil War – typical 4 and 6-year-old things. We’ve learned not to limit what our girls are interested in and we can see how amazingly intrigued they are in so many different topics.
What are you doing to promote voracious reading appetites in your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas!
October 20th, 2010 at 1:20 AM
I let my son (7 yo) choose his own reading material for schoolwork (we homeschool, and he has to write a short report on what he’s reading each day) and his own books at the library, even from the “grown up” section (which has led to some really interesting choices, particularly art and science books we look at together.) We also let him read in bed, which is a big thrill for him, and something I enjoyed at his age, too. But I think the most important factor is that he sees us reading. Young kids want to do what their parents are doing, and if you’re reading, they get the idea that it’s fun. 🙂