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Growing up, I always read more books than my mom could proof-read. She liked to know that I was reading wholesome stuff. Eventually, she gave up and let me decide, but only once I had established discernment. I knew what I could, or could not have, in my book choices, and picked my books accordingly.
Want to keep your child interested in books? Why not let them pick!
Manoah, my three-year old brother, loves books! We have to read something to him at every nap time. My mom has done a great job of collecting wonderful books to build a great little toddler’s library, and Manoah loves to pick out a book he wants to be read! Sometimes he is stuck on one book and at other times, he wants to pick a different one. I find that if he picks the book, he seems more excited for it. I guess he knows what he likes, just like his big brother with nature books.
When it is time to read, ask your little one to pick the book and see what happens! Asking them to pick the book gets them feeling real important and excited about what is to come! Letting the child pick their book instills in them the love of finding a book for themselves. It makes them want to find books to read that attracts their attention. Who knows, maybe their love of a certain book will change as much as the child’s interests?
Here are a few ideas I have to make reading a little fun and interesting:
- In a tent
- A picnic
- A tea party
- With a flashlight (My idea was outside, under the stars!)
- In the woods
- At a creek
Also, to make reading a little more…exciting, you could make your little one a special place to keep all their books. A reading nook, just for them! The books could be in a basket, on a little shelf, or maybe in a box? Whatever it is, make it completely accessible for them! My mom even had a kids chair stationed right next to the books!
If you would like more suggestions with books and reading, feel free to follow my Pinterest boards, What to Read and Book Club!
What book is your child enjoying at this moment of their life?
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