Bucks County Free Library Offers Tips to Keep Your Child’s Summer Reading Habits Going

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These are just as few ways you can instill a lifelong love of reading in your children.

The Bucks County Free Library’s Children’s Services Coordinator offers these tips for helping a child maintain good reading habits:

Model good reading habits

Make sure your kids see you reading books, newspapers or magazines every day. After all, kids learn by watching the grown-ups around them. “When caregivers make time to read on their own – even for a few minutes a day – it shows that reading isn’t just for school or just for younger people,” says Kate Transue, the library’s Children’s Services Coordinator.  

Establish a library routine

Whether you come for a weekly storytime, time in a children’s play area, or to get new books, try pairing library visits with something you already do every week. Think piano lessons, a trip to the grocery store, or time at a nearby playground.

Let your kids pick their books

When kids select their own books, they’re more likely to read them – and enjoy it! Letting your child choose their own books also reinforces that reading isn’t done only at school.

Borrow books with at-home activities

For kids who like getting their hands dirty, try borrowing books that offer educational activities. “Weekends and holiday breaks are a great time to tackle a project from a book,” Transue says.

Build a book nook

It’s easier to keep up with a habit when it’s fun and relaxing. For school-age kids, try designating a comfy reading space where they can read without distractions.

Make sure they have a library card

If your child uses your library card, getting them a card of their own can help them feel ownership of their time at the library — while developing important life skills.

Learn more at the Bucks County Free Library.


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