I’m happy to say our house is full of readers! As much as I love to read, the business of life keeps me from devoting as much time as I would like to the hobby. My kids, on the other hand, read like crazy. I have one child who literally reads one or two books every day. I think next week is devoted to my kids since November 8 -12 is National Young Readers Week!
Actually, National Young Readers Week is for all kids, from kindergarten on up. It was founded over 20 years ago by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in Library of Congress to celebrate the joy of reading. It is mostly promoted in schools, but why not bring the fun home too?
DEAR Time – Between homework and bed, have “Drop Everything and Read” time. Escaping in a good book for 20 minutes per night can help your children learn to love reading.
Family Book Club – We’ve had a family book club for several years. It is a great way to read what your children are reading, and you will get some of the inside jokes. Even though my children are independent readers, many of them still enjoy listening to me read out loud. I often read from our current book club pick while they are doing their chores.
Reading list – Hit the library or the bookstore and bring home a new book. Some of our favorites include Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan, Schooled by Gordon Korman, Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke, and The Diamond of Darkhold by Jennie DuPrau.
Bring on the food – I love tying two great things together, food and books! Sample some of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans while reading Harry Potter. Bite into Bunelos after enjoying Becoming Naomi Leon. Anything you and your kids associate with a book. I always wanted to cook the cake recipe at the end of Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco.
There are so many great books, take the time to find one to enjoy with your kids this week and have fun with it!