Want to raise a happy reader? Place books in every room of your home.
My sisters and I grew up in a home full of books. Books weren’t confined to bookshelves, though I’m sure my Mama would have preferred that to prevent clutter! There were books on bedside tables. On the coffee table. Crammed into drawers (of all rooms). In the garage. In the bathroom. There were books in every room. Since each family member has completely different taste from the other, the spectrum of reading at home was wide and colorful. Our home was a bookworm’s haven.
The omnipresence of books at home was key to raising book lovers. I carried that with me raising Timmy. He enjoys reading, so his books and magazines are all over the house!
Once again, books aren’t confined to bookshelves. His books in the above pic have found their home on a dining room bench. He has books in the bedroom. In the den. In the kitchen. In the living room. In the family hall.
The ubiquity of his books at home have been really key to getting him to engage in reading well. There’s always some sort of reading material within arm’s reach. Once he was looking for something to read in the living room and reached for an O magazine instead of his books. Yey for widening his world of reading!
Book bins in the play area
His love for reading has gone beyond the home. We always carry a book or two in our bags when we go out, so there’s always something for our little bookworm.
Encourage reading at home by having books within sight at all times. Before you know it, you’ll be raising a home full of happy bookworms.
C’mon and share! Did you grow up in a home full of books? How did you develop your love for reading?