Stuck at Home Reading List

by Ethan Johnstone on March 21, 2020

One day your child’s school will open again. Imagine if when that day comes, he or she loves to read more than he or she does today.

We are all sorting out what our children’s education will look like in the coming weeks and months. As we hammer out the details, let me suggest a worthy goal: help them learn to love to read.

Tips for helping your child develop a love for reading

Find books on topics that interest them
When I was eight, I hated to read but loved baseball cards. My parents subscribed me to Beckett, a baseball card magazine. By the time I was nine, I loved to read.

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. – J.K. Rowling

If your kids are young, read aloud
If by reading aloud you teach a love of reading, the skills of reading can easily follow.

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. – Dr. Seuss

If your kids are older, read aloud
Regardless of your children’s ages, sharing the experience of a good book can bring a family together.

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. – C.S. Lewis

Set the example
All of our kids have seen us looking at our phones. Have they seen us looking at a book?   

Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend. – Charlotte Mason

Quarantine Recommend Reading List

For Parenting in COVID-19

For Perspective on “Shelter-in-place”

Chapter Books for Independent Readers or Read Aloud

Picture Books for New Readers or Read Aloud

Collection and Poetry Books

Bonus Tip

Audible is currently offering free audiobooks for kids while school is out.

Tags: books, reading, kids reading, coronavirus, covid-19 schooling, quarantine reading, shelter-in-place

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