Teaching children to love books

When our youngest child (almost 2 years old) was silent for an extended period of time, I decided to see what he was up to. I discovered that he had pulled all of the children’s books off of the shelf once again. He does this regularly, but I was happy to see that he was actually looking at one of the books.

Our older boy Jack has been reading longer chapter books since early last year, right after he started kindergarten. We are amazed by how much he reads, and he really seems to enjoy it.

We read to him and we have always encouraged him to like books but we aren’t certain exactly what made him become so obsessed with reading.

The only thing that we have actively done is tried to let each of our children see us reading and carrying around books. It’s kind of a passive attempt to convince them that books are special. They copy so many of our bad habits without us realizing it, so we thought maybe they would pick up one of our good habits in the same way. It seems to have worked.

What do you do to promote reading and a love of books in the children that you know? We would love to hear any tips that you can share.

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