1. Listen to books on tape in the car.
Audiobooks are a great way to sneak in a few chapters while commuting or taking the kids to different activities. Overdrive is an app that allows you to log into local libraries and borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free—as long as you're a member of that library. Let your child pick the book and they'll get in the car every morning for the ride to school excited about what will happen next in the story you're sharing.
2. Read a chapter of a book every night before bed.
3. Keep books accessible for all family members (even board books and laminated books for infants and toddlers).
Giving your child the option of books during free time allows them to willingly choose that activity. When given the responsibility of choice, your child will not feel forced and, therefore, will have a positive association with reading. Keep a few library books in the car so there are fun options for the kids (besides the tablets and phones) while you're heading from place to place, and bring them along to sports practices or restaurants to keep kids reading during downtime.
4. Visit the library on weekends.
Just going to a library can create excitement about books. Instead of going out to a movie next weekend, check your local library for events and activities that can keep your family involved with reading. Many libraries hold reading events or even bring characters in to visit. These events are almost always free and they're something you can do as a family!
Help your child understand that it is possible to relate to books. Are they having a bad day, like Alexander? Does Grandma's huge wardrobe in her house lead to a magical place, like Narnia? Is your chore list as confusing as it was for Amelia Bedelia? These conversations will not only increase their comprehension of the stories, but also pique their interest and help them develop their own taste in literature.
We hope these tips help bring your family more opportunities to read during your daily routine!