Whether it’s a cozy corner in your living room, a special spot in your child’s bedroom or under your favorite tree in your backyard, creating a unique reading spot for your kids will motivate them to read and make diving into books even more fun. In our latest blog, I will share three ways that you can make summer reading something your kids will look forward to.
Create the Space
This part is probably the most important AND the most fun! Get your kids involved in the process of creating the special space. When it comes to reading, comfort is key. Provide comfortable seating options like bean bags, floor cushions, or a small, child-sized reading chair. Ensure the seating is cozy and ergonomic to encourage kids to settle in for long reading sessions. Add decorative elements that foster a love for reading and spark imagination. You could hang inspiring quotes about books on the walls, display framed artwork or illustrations, or even create a small gallery showcasing children’s artwork related to their favorite stories.
If your reading space is outdoors, bring in elements of nature to enhance the experience. Surround the area with potted plants, flowers, or a small herb garden. Consider adding a bird feeder nearby or hanging wind chimes to create a soothing environment.
Choose a room or area of your home that is relatively quiet and free from excessive noise. Remove or minimize potential distractions in the reading space. Keep electronic devices, toys, and games away from the area to help your child focus solely on reading.
Get Books…LOTS of Them
Keep a variety of books easily accessible in the reading space. Have a bookshelf or storage baskets nearby to store and organize the books based on genre, age group, or your child’s preferences. Help your child create a summer reading list based on their interests. This will give them a sense of purpose and excitement about the books they’ll be reading during the summer. You can find your child’s favorite books in a variety of different places: libraries, bookstores, and online retailers.
Remember to involve your child in the process of creating their summer reading space. Let them have a say in selecting books, themes, and decorative elements. By involving them, you’ll create a space that truly reflects their interests and sparks their love for reading.