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.