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How To Get Your Kids Reading

The Children’s Book Review | March 25, 2008

I was working at the bookstore a few days ago, when a father came in with his 8-year old daughter. The daughter had been invited to a birthday party with an interesting gift theme.  Instead of bringing gifts the children were asked to bring a book that they enjoyed reading and that could be donated to their school library. I had heard of people having book parties, but this was the first one with the donation twist. I started thinking about how this party would be helping to shape the kids involved—teaching them about sharing and being charitable … you probably already have your own thoughts about what a wonderful idea this is.

Knowing that the best way to influence reading is simply by having books around, here are some ways to get
more books in your child’s life:

-Let kids choose their own books from your local library or child-friendly bookstore (be on the lookout for story times).

-Join a book club (or start one).

-Start up a book swap with friends.

-Have a book theme for the next birthday party.

-Be sure to read a book (or chapter) with your children tonight!

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • Hi! Got this link from Dale (we are also former denizens of the basement), and thought I’d say hi.

    Great site. . .and good idea for a party. I could always use good reviews of the huge volume of new books out there.

    cheers!

    Eleanor

    March 27, 2008

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