How to Keep your Kids Reading when they can’t go into the library. Are your kids big readers? They should be!
One of the best ways to get your child ready for success to read. But, find books to read can be exhausting. And, it can be exhausting on your budget too, especially if you have many kids with an appetite for books.
Having the pick up and drop off at the library has made it a little difficult for some families. I know some kids really like to look at the books before they pick them out, so here is how we are working around this! I hope this might work for you too.
If you have a library card, an email address and online access, you are ready to have a plethora of books at your fingertips.
- Sign up your kids for an email address at Google, Yahoo or Free provider. They do not need access this on a daily basis. But, this will be good for them to have for a login account.
- Have them sign up for a library card. Or, make sure you have a library card.
- If you have a tablet or Amazon Prime account and have a Fire tablet, you have access to free books ever month.
- Sign up for a Goodreads account. This website can help you track the books you have read and what rating you have given your books. It is important that every person has their own account. Therefore, they each need their own email address. My kids often read the same books but give the books different ratings. Also, my 10 year old is reading different books than my 7 year old and based on what books my 10 year old reads, he will get different recommendations than what my 7 year old can read. I also want recommendations for books that I want to read, and my 7 year old definitely can’t read those books.
- Come up with a system for what books have been read and need to be inputted in Goodreads and need to be returned. Our kids use this shelf and use a post it note on a book and their initials and a number to score it. The kids put the book on the bottom shelf. I know that it is ready to be rated and returned to the library.
- After I input it in Goodreads, I start looking for more books for them and we start the system all over! Not all books are winners, but we have had a lot of success with this!
You Can Do it!
Raising readers is awesome. We love having real books and not having books on the tablet. I don’t really like having the blue light for the kids right before bed, so we focus on having real books for them right before they go to sleep.
What are some of your kids favorite books? What are you reading right now?