Here at Barbershop Books we believe in a future where all children identify as readers and enjoy learning.
Below are a few tips you can use to encourage your young reader to make reading a fun daily practice.
1. Create a space in your home where the family can enjoy uninterrupted reading time.
This can be a bookshelf with a comfy cushion in front of it or even a special “reading chair” where you sit with your child every time you read together.
2. Start a reading routine.
The most common time to read is right before bed. It’s a great way to wind down after a long day. If a nightly reading routine isn’t possible for your family, having a designated reading time during your commute, over the weekend, in connection with a regular activity like bath time or dinner are other wonderful options.
3. Schedule weekly or monthly outings centered around reading.
Exploring local libraries and bookstores with your child is a great way to give them examples of communities centered around reading. Make sure to also look for our bookshelves in your local barbershop.
4. Introduce audiobooks as a way to read and consume stories.
Audiobooks are a wonderful option for kids. It’s a great way to allow your child to explore stories using a different medium regardless of reading level. You can get audiobooks at your local library or explore our Storytime Videos.
5. Incorporate reading into normal everyday activities.
Grocery shopping and cooking can be easy ways to encourage reading in your home. You can read the ingredients or nutrition facts with your child beforehand. Then, while cooking read the instructions for recipes out loud with your child.
6. Use our E-Library to explore different genres.
We believe that all children can enjoy reading if they find a genre that interests them. Our e-library is host to over 30 titles written by diverse authors and is the perfect starting point for any young reader.
7. Read a really great book to your children.
Reading with your child not only provides them with a important modeling but it will also leave you both with memories that you will cherish for years to come. Browse our reading list to find a book our child will love.
For more information about how you can support reading for kids in your community visit our Get Involved Page.