Giving Your Children a Love of Reading by Toni Anderson
I have always been a fan of giving children books even when they are young babies. Board books are a great way to start with babies. They love to look at the pictures and many of these books also stand up to chewing, standing on, and even throwing!
Some of our favorite board books for babies are:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Eat! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Once your child grows out of the chewing stage you can move on to short stories with lots of pictures and few words.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
I love when kids get to the age when they are trying to decipher the words themselves. It is important to continue to allow your child to read books below their reading level in order to help build confidence. Here are a few of our favorite early elementary book series.
Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
Animal Stories by Thornton Burgess
Once kids are reading on their own make sure you keep a large selection of books around the home for them to read. I like to keep baskets of books near the couch, next to their beds and even in the bathroom. Some of my older kids’ favorite books have been.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
One of the easiest ways to get kids excited about reading is to give them a library card. My kids were thrilled the day they were old enough to get their first card. The next step was learning to use the online library system to reserve their favorite books. The ability to check out their own books with their own card got even my most reluctant reader excited about reading.
No matter what books you choose for your children, the important thing is that they have exposure to books at a very young age. In this media saturated world, books are quickly being replaced by computers, iPods, leapsters, and more.
The next time you are tempted to sit your child in front of the television try giving them a basket of books instead. It might take a while for them to get use to, and they might even ruin a few books, but it is worth it. A child who loves to read, loves to learn and that is a gift that benefits them for the rest of their life.
Toni is a blogger and BornFree Mom Panel Member.
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