The beginning of March means two things to us: Only three more weeks until spring (we hope!) and the start of National Reading Month. I have always loved reading – a good book gives us the ability to live an entire life through its pages. As much as I try to make reading an every day part of our lives, Jayson really struggles to find enjoyment in it. I am always searching for new ways to bring his favorite books to life, or to expand on the types of books he likes.
This month we are all taking a pledge to read daily. That means me too, because as much as I enjoy reading, I realize I rarely find time for it. I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that reading is a luxury we’re too busy to afford ourselves – so I made this commitment, along with them, to read for at least 20 minutes a day. Sometimes I’ll pick up my own book (I am currently reading The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan) and sometimes we’ll all sit down to read a book together. Goosebumps were my favorite books growing up (I had an impressive collection my mom still talks about to this day), and now that the boys are getting to be old enough I’ve started a new collection for them!
Lately our favorite family time book has been Love the Beastie: a spin and play book. It’s about two children who were once mean to Beastie, a giant but . friendly monster. They’ve become friends however and now take care of Beastie, doing all sorts of funny things. The book is filled with flaps to open and tabs to pull, which keeps the kids interested and engaged. It’s also such a silly book that our story time is always filled with giggles.
If you’re looking for some fun ways to jump start National Reading Month in your home check out some of these kid-friendly activities:
- Get creative with Dr. Seuss Printables.
- Participate in Pizza Hut’s “Book It” 20 minute reading challenge for a chance to win prizes, access printables, reading lists and more!
- Check out The Family Playground on Scholastic.com where kids can play games, access printables and learn more about their favorite storybook characters.
- Visit Scholastic.com’s The Stacks page where older kids can play games, compete with friends, find writing prompts and track their daily reading.
- Check your local Barnes & Noble for Story Time and other events for kids!
- And don’t forget to check in with your local library, which may be hosting their own National Reading Month festivities!
Ready to jump in with a new book? Here are some of our favorites!
Head down to the comments and share your favorite book!