The Joy of Reading with Children

Reading with my children is one of my greatest joys in parenting!

As much as I love finding great books for me, I might love finding brilliant children’s literature even more. I’ve been known to spend a Saturday morning (without the kids) sitting on the floor in the Barnes & Noble children’s section scouring stacks of books. Rarely do I purchase any upon leaving, I just love finding treasures for our collection wish list (and like learning which ones I consider a waste of time), because:

A children's story - lewis

I want our boys to take their passion, interests, and learning into their own hands and one of the most profound ways that children can develop incredible curiosity and pursuit of knowledge is obviously through reading. Simply putting new and exciting adventures in front of them will spur on their innate desire to learn; and the love of learning.

And so, we read. This post, When to Read to Kids offers some suggestions for when, how, or what to read!

~ Becca

When and where do you find most conducive to reading with your kids?

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11 Responses to The Joy of Reading with Children
  1. Deanna
    February 6, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I love reading as well! I can’t wait until my daughter is a tad older and I get to read her all my childhood favorite chapter books. But now, I’m thoroughly enjoy all the kids books. I love finding classics at thrift stores and garage sales too. I’m scared I’m going to have to start weeding out our selection though. That or stop buying. Ha ha.

    • Becca V
      February 6, 2014 | 7:28 pm

      Stop buying books? Never :) I weeded out a few recently, but for the most part I am convinced that it is the most wonderful investment one can make and there can rarely be enough or too many book baskets or nooks in a home :) I can’t wait to read the great ones either…We just read Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but with so few pictures and lots of language it was still just a bit over his head (but I just read while he played and I was still shocked at how much he actually came away with).

  2. Emily
    February 6, 2014 | 6:37 pm

    What are some of your faves? We get stuck in ruts of reading the same ones sometimes. And not the good ones… the ones that make me want to poke my own eye or something.

    • Becca V
      February 6, 2014 | 7:35 pm

      If there are books that drive me up the wall, somehow they mysteriously disappear for a time or permanently :) I never lie, but sometimes, “well, goodness, Mommy can’t see that one right now?!” Favorites, Where to begin?! As for classics that come to mind – Make Way for Ducklings, Ferdinand, Beatrice Potter (Peter Rabbit/Squirrel Nutkin), Curious George, etc. But more modern books – I love all Oliver Jeffers & Tom Lichtenheld is an awesome author/illustrator! Or leave the library with a laundry basket full, then read them all and then put away the ones that can go back and you have no interest in reading again! I was also planning to share soon…rotate seasonally!

  3. Chastity
    February 7, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    Yes, reading to your kids is so important. I can’t imagine not doing this in our house – my little guys is always wanting me to read to him. I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, going on now!

    • Becca V
      February 7, 2014 | 4:29 pm

      Thanks Chastity! I can’t link up this week because I am or of town workout the computer! But thank you for sharing and I will certainly link up in the future!

  4. Marissa D
    February 24, 2014 | 9:12 pm

    This is great, I’m the same way, I love to read and want my boys to love books too. I host a weekly link up that focuses first on reading and book (then on what we are writing about) and I think you would love it. If you are at all interested, The Cozy Reading Spot opens every Thursday for the weekend, and I would love to see you there!


    • Becca V
      February 25, 2014 | 1:44 am

      Thanks for inviting me, Marissa. Sounds great and I will be sure to pop over this Thursday :)

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  6. Kaitlyn B
    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 am

    I just came across your lovely blog. I agree with you wholeheartedly! Reading is one of my favorite things to do with my children. I’ve been reading chapter books with my 4-year-old and he devours the stories and begs for more. I recently told my husband I think books are about the only material possession we can NEVER have too many of! It’s such a great environment for bonding with our children as well. We typically read during lunchtime, before naptime/bedtime, and periodically throughout the day–especially when someone is grumpy. Thanks for your post!

    • Becca V
      February 26, 2014 | 8:12 pm

      Ah! Kaitlyn, I completely agree! I say the same thing all the time; I believe there is no better investment than books, to constantly surround ourselves/kids with literature – faith, thoughts, character development, imagination, adventure!! We just finished Mr. Popper’s Penguins which he (4) enjoyed and my husband and I were just talking about moving more into the realm of chapter books for our own sake as well as theirs, haha! Thank you for saying hi!