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Family Literacy Day 2018: 7 tips to get your children reading

Family Literacy Day 2018 is coming up on January 27th, and it’s a great day to start (or reestablish) family traditions around reading. Here are some ideas to get your started.

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Make a special book nook

Whether it’s an under-used corner of their closet with one of those battery-powered push lights, a homemade tent, or just a corner with some nice pillows, try creating a spot that’s particularly for reading. Those IKEA spice racks make excellent book display shelves.

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Get special magazines delivered in your children’s names

You can start with subscriptions to National Geographic Kids, Chirp, or OWL magazine, all geared towards different age groups. Getting something in the mailbox with their own name on it is very exciting.

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Read to your baby

Starting early is important both for you and your child. It doesn’t need to be for long periods in one sitting, but snuggling together and reading a story gets kids accustomed to the idea early on.

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Model reading for your kids

Read in front of your kids. Settle down with a good book while they’re playing, and if you use a Kindle or a Kobo, make sure they know you’re reading a book. I make sure to tell my son if I’m really into the book I’m reading – it’s important kids understand books can be as compelling as a movie.

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Find books on the subjects they’re interested in

If your kids are obsessed with trains, ballerinas, dinosaurs, birds, or whatever it is – pile on the books. You may get sick of reading about the solar system, but your kid probably won’t. If you’re at a loss, ask your child’s friends’ parents what’s on high rotation at their house.

Read regularly

It’s all about the habit, so read to and with your child every day. The special book nook helps with this, as does picking a particular time. Tuck a book in your bag or the car, and use those 10 minutes waiting for dance class to start or a meal to arrive.

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Visit your local library

The children’s area in local libraries are a magical resource: story time, educational toys and puppets, and helpful awesome librarians ready to help you and you children find their next favourite book. This year as part of Family Literacy Day, libraries across Vancouver are holding Family Fort Night. That’s right, you get to build a blanket fort in the library. Building supplies will be provided, but maybe bring your own flashlight just in case. Check the VPL site for details on where it’s happening near you.

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