Here are seven steps to creating a bookworm-friendly home:
2 Visit your local library on a regular basis. Explore the online catalog with your child to discover books that fit their interests. Yes, reading book after book about dump trucks and fire engines can become tiresome for us parents, but kids need to know they can and should use books to learn more about their favorite people, places and things. Remember that as soon as your kids can print their names, they’ll qualify for their very own library card: Celebrate this milestone as you would the day your child receives his driver’s license.3
4 Create your own reading rewards program. Have your children keep track of the books they’ve read on a poster board displayed in a prominent area of the home. Reward children for every 10 books read with an ice cream cone or a trip to the bookstore to buy a new book. Check out bookadventure.com, where children in grades K-8 can create their own book lists from more than 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read and earn points and prizes for their literary successes.5
6 Give the gift of reading. Any parent who has recently hosted a kid’s birthday party knows that 99.9 percent of the gifts a child receives end up broken or buried in the toy box. Why not give the gift of reading? Wrap up some books for the birthday boy/girl, give a subscription to a magazine such as Highlights or National Geographic Kids or simply pick up a gift card for a local bookstore.7
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