According to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.”
I completely agree! Your imagination can change the world. And flexing that muscle through reading books is crucial for all of us, but especially kids.
So how do we get our kids to love books? Equip your preschoolers with early literacy and a love of learning as you encourage reading in the following fun ways.
1. Let Your Kids Choose the Book
Whether your child is into dinosaurs, cars or princesses, let her browse the selection at your local bookstore or library. Like you, she’s more likely to want to read if she’s interested in the book’s subject. We think owning books is important for kids. They make books for kids about everything under the sun. I'm sure your little one can find something that gets her excited.
2. Add Expression
Turn any story into an entertaining and engaging experience with expression, energy and drama. Let loose, get silly and make sounds, use an accent and sing as you show your kids that reading is fun. My daughter loves me to read The Magic Treehouse books to her before bed, and she says that the voices are half the fun.
3. Encourage Pretend Reading
Sometimes, I skip the printed words and make up a story based on the pictures. My daughter gets a kick out of our silliness, and I’ve caught her pretending to read books to her stuffed animal friends. Imagination is the key. And priming them to relate good experiences with books as much as possible is how we have the best chance to get that to stick for them.
4. Put on a Play
If your child likes to play dress-up, act out her favorite children’s books. Include props and costumes, invite friends and bring your child’s favorite stories to life.
5. Attend Library or...
The First One is on Us :)