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Cozy Up with a Good Book

November 1st, 2014

Submitted by Candice Putnam

Picture this: the snow is falling, the fireplace is on, and the whole family is curled up with a book. What a great way to spend those dreary, snowy days that we all know are coming!

Whether you are crowded around a picture book or chapter book, sharing stories together as a family, or spread out reading your own books in one another’s company, reading as a family is one of the best ways to promote a lifelong love of reading in your children.

Here are a few tips to help make reading a fun family activity in your home:

  • Foster an environment that is conducive to reading. Set aside some time each day for family reading. Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, and put the phone away! Even if it is only fifteen or twenty minutes before bed, establishing a reading routine early on will significantly boost your child’s reading abilities.

  • Read out loud to your children, starting right when they are teeny tiny babies. When they are old enough to read on their own, have them read aloud to you (or take turns).

  • Share your love of reading with your children. Read in front of your kids, and talk aboutwhat you are reading! If you are in the middle of an amazing book, tell them how excited you are to find out what happens next.

  • Ask them about the books they are reading. Not only does talking about books provide an excellent platform for communication with your children, but children will actually gain a deeper understanding of the books they are reading simply by sharing what they have read.

  • Visit the library as a family. Red Deer Public Library offers many Early Literacy Programs to get kids interested in books and reading right from a young age. And, of course, we have BOOKS too, and library cards are free for children! Stop by any of our three branches, or visit for more information.

So as the temperatures drop, turn on the fireplace, grab a warm blanket and a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and find a great book to snuggle up with, like one of these:

  • Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

  • If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap your Paws! by Kim Norman

  • Once Upon A Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol

  • Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell

  • Rabbit’s Snow Dance by James Bruchac

  • Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time by James Howe

  • Carrie the Snow Cap Fairy by Daisy Meadows

  • Ready, Freddy: Ready, Set, Snow! by Abby Klein

  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Candice Putnam is Manager, Timberlands Branch, Red Deer Public Library.

Tags: Babies, Books

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