Kudos to The Star’s Brett Buckner for appreciating the vital role of books in the life of a family. Buckner gave examples of reading enjoyed by each member of his family to aptly illustrate being a “family of readers.” His 4-year-old daughter’s love of books, flipping the pages while pretending to read, and memorization of favorite passages from her favorite books are positive experiences in her life. Taking books with them in the car and to restaurants, as well as reading at night — by flashlight — are additional ways to encourage the children to connect with books.
As a reading educator, I encourage parents to celebrate books and reading with their children. Shared reading with parents is crucial in helping children enjoy reading. Regularly read aloud to your children. Children enjoy sitting in your lap while you read to them. Emilie Buchwald notes that “children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
Be your child’s best model. Read while your children read. Snuggle up on the sofa with a favorite book and let your children see you enjoy reading. Show your children examples of what you read and write. Give books as gifts to build a home library. Fuel a lifelong passion for reading.
Penny J. Nielsen