I’m very eager to have Jameson (and all other offspring) love books.
So, me being me, I figured that must mean that I should acquire a vast array of great books. But do you know that books cost money? A lot of money? Even at garage sales (which is where I’ve purchased most of our books so far!)?
I was feeling very discouraged, and it seemed like everywhere I looked, there was evidence that everyone else in the world had managed to buy all of the books I’m supposed to have in order for my children to grow up loving to read.
And then I had an epiphany.
I don’t have to have lots and lots of books. I don’t even have to have the best books.
I just have to read the books we have.
(Easier said than done: I end every day wishing I’d read more books to Jameson.)
So rather than put added pressure on myself to fit in yet another “chore”, I’ve been looking for ways to fit more reading into our existing routines:
I put a basket on Jameson’s dresser filled with books suitable for bedtime and naptime (and also my Bible and whatever other book I want to read, personally, while I rock the baby and Jameson falls asleep.)
I put a basket on a little table in his room next to his rocking chair to encourage him to look at those books.
I decided that lunchtime will be “poetry” time, since he takes forever to eat, and I’m done with my food way too fast. (Hoover is a good nickname for me, I’m ashamed to say.) I use the term poetry loosely; yesterday I spent the time singing Mother Goose rhymes while he looked at the corresponding pictures in our book. A Children’s Garden of Verses is the other book I’ve put in the kitchen for our lunch hour readings.
And books we’ve borrowed from the library are kept on an easily-accessed bookshelf. They’re always popular with my sanguine child! (Nothing like a new book!)
So we’ve been doing a bit more reading. Not tons, but a bit more. Mostly, I’m just trying to make it a regular part of our days, something Jameson can count on and look forward to.
For his part, he’s simply confirmed the idea that it’s not how many books we have, it’s just about reading them: he wants to read the same book at naptime and bedtime every day. (I’m just glad it’s a library book, and the longest we can keep this up is 9 weeks!)
What have you done to incorporate reading into your days?