Did you know that every time you pick up a book for fun you help teach children to read? This year, make your own personal reading part of your kids’ summer reading program.
Do you have a pile of books waiting because you’re too busy to read? Do you put off reading “fun” books because you feel you should read “important” ones? You are not only depriving yourself of pleasure, says children’s literature commentator Sharon Levin, you’re setting a bad example for the kids who look up to you. “As long as the message is that reading is not fun, not an activity we CHOOSE to do and make the time for, then no amount of lip service will convince a child otherwise,” says Levin in her recent online article “Raising a Reader” in the Bay Area Parent, Silicon Valley edition enewsletter. “[T]here is a huge impact for a child in seeing her teacher prioritizing and enjoying reading time.” And, says Levin, what makes reading enjoyable is – reading books that one enjoys! Never mind whether the books are “good,” or “edifying,” or “challenging.” If you don’t like it, you won’t read it; and the same rule goes for kids.
So pick up that summer reading! And maybe you should even read some fun kids’ books while you’re at it. You’re never too old to enjoy a truly great children’s book – and it will give you something to talk about with the kids. Oh, and by the way: the East Bay Children’s Book Project can always use donations of great children’s books, especially new picture books and board books. Here’s how you can donate to us.
Happy summer reading!