I grew up going to the library with my dad. He would take my brother and I there a few times a month and leave us in the kid’s section while he went upstairs to the adult section. We were old enough at that point to be alone. I loved walking around and sitting at the little tables with a pile of books. It was then that my passion for reading began to blossom.
About months ago, I started taking my children to the library. We go every other week and pick out a big bag of assorted books. They pick out a few and then go play in the little playroom that they have while I pick out the rest.
Each night, right before going to sleep, I allow my children to pick one book each from the pile and I read to them. This is the highlight of my day, not just because I know that I will soon have some peace and quiet after putting them to bed, but because this is a wonderful opportunity to be close to my children. We sit on the bed in their room – one sits on one side of me and one sits on the other. They cuddle up close to me and I read all different kinds of fun stories.
My son often likes to pick books about trucks and tractors. My daughter likes to read about animals. I (being an artist) usually choose the books that are filled with colorful illustrations. We just read a really funny book written by Jay Leno, called If Roast Beef Could Fly.
I have to say that that is one of my favorite children’s books as of late. It is hilarious and the artist did an awesome job with the illustrations. You definitely should look into borrowing this one from your local library.
Library books are a great way to get your children used to the idea of reading. It is so important for children to learn how to enjoy books early on.
Do you take advantage of your local library and the wonderful resources they have to offer? Many libraries offer reading programs for all ages. Be sure to start shaping the imaginations of your children through the greatest learning resource in history – BOOKS.
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