But seriously. Aside from the adorable collage of my son playing with a book, I'm curious how to instill a love for reading in my kids. I know some kids will really take to it and find a great pastime in books, and others will read the bare minimum to get by (no shame if your last Classic was in grade 12 English), and a lot of it is probably personality. But as a parent, I want to do my part too.
Brad and I place reading as a high value around here - the hubs especially. He shared this youtube video with me once and I couldn't even believe how much that was a glimpse into our life. But I digress.
I'd say as a busy adult, reading for pleasure isn't one of my favourite things, but I do read for other reasons - and pleasure is part, just not my total purpose. I have a really hard time finding fiction out there that I don't find too cheesy or too smutty. Can I say that? Do you know what I mean? It's like, there's not much out there in between Christian fiction and 50 Shades of Grey, it sometimes seems (though I'm always open to book suggestions!). But most of my reading falls into the category of research + learning. Of course, I do find pleasure in reading theology, Parenting books, and the odd pop psych (anything by Malcolm Gladwell, for instance), but the original goal is to learn, not to entertain. And Brad and I have found a true gem of a shared pastime in listening to audio books! Right now we're trying to listen to one Classic a month, and are only *slightly* behind. Does that count as reading? I hope so!
Anyway, our kids. How do we pass something like reading on to our kids. My husband is downright passionate about reading and is never not in the middle of a book with a long line of must-reads behind it. While I'm not as much an enthusiast as him or my sister (she is the fastest reader I know!), I still read about a book a month and am aiming to read the Bible cover to cover in a couple months right now and find great joy in the written word. And listening to the written word, ha!
My hope is that my kids will see our high value in reading and pick up on it, but what else can we do?
One idea I have is helping them find a character or series they like, and then getting every book in the series, so they build almost a relationship with the character/series. Lily has tons of books but the ones that are part of series tend to be her favourite - Madeline, Babar, Clifford, etc. I've started collecting all the Harry Potter books (though I haven't read them yet) and Nancy Drew books with the hopes of one day reading them together.
Another idea is to often buy new books (even if used) and let her pick out books whenever possible. I want Lily, and one day Oli, to feel ownership when it comes to books, and hopefully that will help grow the love. I still remember my dad taking me up to the book fair at my elementary school and I was shocked when he let me pick not one but two Goosebumps books. It was pure awesome. Also, anyone remember Goosebumps? Ya.
So what ideas can you share with me?
I'd love to hear how your parents cultivated a love for reading in you,
How you are doing the same to your kids,
or how you're hoping to one day.