I am always looking for new books for my little guy to read so I was thrilled when I recently received a copy of Toy Academy in the mail.
And this one couldn’t wait to get his hands on it! It’s a really cute story and the perfect introduction to chapter books for early readers.
I’ve mentioned before that I think in general either you’re a reader or you’re not. I never was an avid reader as a kid, something that I later regretted as an adult (and facing those SATs!!), so I’m trying to do what I can to encourage my children to develop a love for reading. My son is an avid reader and while I think this came about somewhat naturally, I also think we have done some things to encourage it so I thought I would pass these tips along to you!
Read chapter books together.
We switched from reading him picture books to chapter books at bedtime when he was almost five and we still do this every night. I have vivid memories of reading the Magic Treehouse series to him while I was pregnant with his sister (it actually inspired her name!) and now he can read those books on his own. Check out this post for a list of chapter books he has loved. We have a few more to add to the list so I’ll be sure to update it soon!
Go to the library.
While we do buy him books from time to time, we have always gone to the library for most of them. This is a great resource because I can let him pick out what he wants and it exposes him to a whole lot more than if we were just buying him books. Plus is saves us loads of money!! I also love going there because the children’s librarian gives us great suggestions for new series to introduce him to.
Offer books on roadtrips and limit electronics.
We really limit electronics in the car and always have so he learned at a very young age to look at books on road trips. He does struggle now with motion sickness but these wristbands seem to help him with that and now he will read and read and read on our drive to North Carolina. Our car has never been so quiet, lol!
Find books that spark their interest.
This is something I struggle with somewhat because he is not always choosing books that I would choose for him (hello, potty humor!). While I’m always trying to steer him toward books that are a little more wholesome, I also want him to have some say in what he reads so I also allow other books that might not be my favorite. #youknowwhatonesimtalkingabout
I like to think that reading a book with a lot of potty humor is still better than watching TV or playing video games, right?
Read in front of your children.
I also think it’s important for my little guy to see his father and I reading (which typically happens after the kids are in bed) and so sometimes we snuggle up together while reading our own books, something that I absolutely LOVE to do!
Obviously, none of this is ground breaking information but it seems to work for us so I thought I would pass it along. What are some of your own tips? What are your favorite chapter books for kids? I’m always looking for new ideas!!
Disclosure: I received the book, Toy Academy, along with some goodies in the mail for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.