by Marie LeBaron
We love to read at our house. It’s something we try to do each day. But when summer rolls around, sometimes it’s harder to get my kids to open books when they’d rather be out playing with friends.
To help keep the love alive for books at our house, here are 3 things we’re doing this summer!
1. Create a routine: With the hustle and bustle of summer, playing outdoors, and catching up with friends, it can be hard for our family to stick to a schedule. But if we can keep up even part of a routine, specifically for daily reading, we’ll have a little more sanity during the summer.
We try to read in the morning, before the day gets away from us. We’ll wake up, eat breakfast, and then choose a book from the basket to get reading. I also want to choose a book to read aloud with the whole family, with either myself or my oldest boy reading aloud. Roald Dahl books are great for this.
2. Rotate your books: I’ve found it helpful to keep a basket of books nearby the kid’s rooms. I try to only keep about 20 or so in there at a time, helping to keep the selection fresh. Once a month, I’ll change out the books, depending on the season or the upcoming holiday. This helps keep their interest and makes them feel like I’ve given them new books. The books on our shelf can get lost in the pile and this rotation helps bring them back to life.
3. Weekly library visit: Going to the library is one of our favorite things to do. And summer is the perfect time to visit each week. We are lucky to live fairly close to the library, within walking distance, so it’s nice to make a morning of it. We grab our library bag, complete with last week’s books to return, and head out on our library adventure.
It’s fun to get to know our librarians personally, asking for them by name, and they will do the same for us. We also like to spend a little time at the tables in the children’s area, reading some of the books we’ve chosen. I might even let them choose a movie or two to check out while we’re there!
I hope these ideas will help your family keep reading all summer long. Happy Reading!
Marie LeBaron is the author of Make and Takes where she shares ideas for home, family, and fun. Visit her on the blog, on Facebook, twitter, and pinterest for more inspiration.