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Our family loves books. Like, really LOVES them. I’ve been a “read under the covers until the middle of the night” kind of girl since I started reading chapter books as a kid (I give Nancy Drew and my mother all the credit). My husband is also a book lover, as well as a writer. We even gave our first born a middle name from one of his inspirations (Dashiell Hammett). So obviously when we started a family it was really important to us to teach our kids a love of reading as well. Books are our favorite gifts to give and receive, we read together as a family as part of our daily routine, and now our oldest son loves to write his own stories. Literacy is so very important to the growth, development, and confidence of our kids! Kellogg’s® recognizes that importance as well, which is why they are a proud sponsor of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
- Here are some tips for helping to instill a love of reading in your own kids:
- Start early! We started reading to our oldest son when he was a baby. We weren’t as disciplined about that with our second and third sons but we still read books regularly and often once they were around a year old.
- Incorporate books into your routine. If you do it everyday as part of your bedtime routine for example, then they will naturally gravitate towards reading on their own as well.
- Get them a library card and make regular trips to the library and let them choose a book (or a few!) themselves. They’ll look forward to reading what they chose and making future trips to the library.
- Buy books that kids love. If you need some recommendations, here are a few of our favorites:
- BOARD BOOKS:
- All of the Sandra Boynton books
- Hello, Bugs: This one is very visual with lots of graphic black and white patterns for baby’s vision. There’s an animal version too.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear: I don’t know what it is, but both of my boys freaking love this book as babies.
- Peek-A Who: This one is fun, and interactive. Calvin loves the mirror at the end of the book.
- In My Tree: This one has a puppet-like interaction that both of my boys loved.
- Charlie Monkey is our number one favorite – the funny animal faces always get lots of laughs and love.
- PICTURE BOOKS:
- Dragons Love Tacos , Dragons Love Tacos 2, & Secret Pizza Party: So silly and fun.
- The Pirates Next Door: Cute and teaches tolerance and empathy.
- Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School: teaches the beauty of being different.
- The Way Back Home: We love all of Oliver Jeffers’ books, but this one is a fave.
- I Want My Hat Back and We Found A Hat: author Jon Klassen is a favorite of mine and my kids too.
- Creepy Carrots: cute and fun.
- The Book With No Pictures: brilliant and loved by all kids.
- All of Dallas Clayton’s books: beautiful illustrations and messages.
- BOARD BOOKS:
The importance of literacy is clear when I look at the confidence and love of learning that my kids have. That is why Kellogg’s® is a proud sponsor of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Kellogg’s is committed to providing 3 billion Better Days through 2025 through initiatives that feed people and their potential. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating over 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for their high school equivalency, or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $140 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 9 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills. Isn’t that incredible? I also really enjoyed reading the real literacy “My Story” on the back of our Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® Cereal box — super inspiring! You can also find the campaign on Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®, Kellogg’s Frosted Bite-Size Mini-Wheats®, and Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®.
Go here to learn more about this literacy initiative and enter the #DGMyStory Sweepstakes with the hashtag #DGMyStoryEntry to share your own personal literacy story for a chance to win a $50 Dollar General gift card. How do you promote a love of reading in your own families?