Here’s a fun way to encourage reading.
From the Barnes and Noble’s website:
More information here.
Molly did this last year and it was really simple and fun. Yeah, free books!
This activity also provides an opportunity to talk with kids about companies and marketing, as the whole program is really just a big, albeit positive and healthy, marketing tool for Barnes and Noble.
I am amazed at how well kids can understand the competing interests in our capitalist society. Compared to grown-ups, they seem to have a lot less difficulty grasping that the same thing (this marketing program, video games, candy), rather than being innately good or bad, has beneficial or detrimental effects depending on how we approach it. Critical thinking matters.
Another fun way to encourage reading is the I Read a Book Pad, which lets beginning readers give feedback on books they read on a slip of paper that you can hang up or put in a book. If you don’t want to spend the money, just make your own. We like it because it gives a physical manifestation of the books read, which is really great for little guys. Last summer, Molly loved counting up the sheets and they provided a nice record of more than just reading. She gave feedback and actually thought about the books she read. A great habit to start early!