I love the library. Before my Kindle changed my life, I used to love borrowing library books. It was so much fun getting those calls telling me the book I had been wanting to read was finally IN! I still use the online library to borrow Kindle books, but now the only time I go to an actual library in person is to take the kids.
If you haven’t been to the library recently, you should really grab your kids and go! The kids section is always great… with little play areas, computer & listening stations, and obviously… tons of books! During the week there are usually a number of story time events that are super cute for the kids and are free.
Hudson is just starting to read on his own, so I have been trying to think of new ways to grow his love for books & reading. I came up with the idea to have a library scavenger hunt, and I am happy to say it was a huge hit!
I decided to keep the list short, since I didn’t know how long his attention span would last. But I was pleasantly surprised how much he got into it, so next time I am definitely going to add more items to ‘hunt’.
Hudson was running all over to find the items, I had to keep telling him it wasn’t a race! He even found 3 different superhero books, since he kept spotting ones he liked better than what he had found previously.
Mila enjoyed following him around and playing in the activity area. They also had an island full of board books, so she kept pulling books down and reading them. (aka: screaming loudly)
After Hudson found all the books, I showed him the section of ‘level 1’ readers and told him he could pick out a few books to borrow. He chose three books, and also asked if he could borrow the book he found with the bear on it for his sister.
He said he had REALLY wanted to get the Lego Movie book he saw at his book fair a few weeks back, but he couldn’t find it. So I had him go to the youth services desk and ask the woman about it. Soon he called me over and told me the book was checked out, but if I gave the lady my library card they would hold it for us when it was returned. He was very excited about that, and has been saying, ‘When these books are ready to go back to the library, my Lego Movie book will be there waiting!’
On the way home, Hudson asked for one of his books and started reading it to Mila! Melt my heart!
What are some creative ways that you encourage your kids to read?