Hidden Art Friday

Reading To Your KidsSince this week was Book-List-Week, I thought I’d wrap up on Friday with a list of resources on reading to your kids. I don’t know about you, but this is actually a major source of tension in our house. The tension exists because I love the idea of reading to my kids. My Dad read to us every night for years. We worked our way through tons of fiction and I have such fond memories. However, the reality of reading out loud to my kids involves kids who don’t like the book I’ve picked, kids who interrupt, kids who have to go to the bathroom, and kids who think that whispering under their breath constitutes “being quiet.” Major source of tension for me. Why can’t they just be good? Why don’t they love it as much as I think they should?

So, if you’re like me, and reading out loud is not always the happy thing it should be, here are a few resources I’ve found helpful:

Heather at Cultivated Lives has a great post on getting started.

KidHaven has a helpful post on making reading fun.

Anne reminds me of the motivation for reading to my kids.

And, last but not least, a literature professor once said [and I paraphrase]: “If you don’t like a book in your children’s library, get rid of it.” This has given me surprising freedom to donate books I don’t enjoy reading. Then, when my 2-year-old wanders up with a book in her hand, I don’t inwardly groan about having to read that one again, and desperately look for some housework that needs doing.

I hope that gives you some ideas for getting started (or continuing, in my case!) reading to your kids. Happy Friday!!


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