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Giving your kids books to read. Great. Making reading and literacy a family activity and habit—even better.
Did you know that November is Family Literacy month? Family literacy is more than just building reading skills at home-- It’s about creating situations, activities and events as a family that foster a love of books and learning. Luckily, there are many creative ways to encourage kids to love books.
When my kids were little we had a nook in our house that was affectionately known as the cuddle corner. This popular corner of our home had a comfy pad to sit on, lots of large, colorful pillows and a huge bucket of books. Sure this is where we sat to read during the day or for bedtime stories, but it was so much more. Sometimes the corner was transformed into a boat (Where the Wild Things Are) or a forest (Salamander Room), sometimes there were drawings taped to the walls to create a scene from a book, and sometimes it was difficult to sit because there were lots of Lego creations that related to the favorite book that week. But always, it was an adventure. I’d like to think that this corner that brought our family together and books to life is what made my kids love books… and learning.
How do you cultivate a love of books? What are some creative things you do to encourage reading at your house?