Hi! Check out these great ideas by Jake Ball (bio at the end of the post), and settle down with a book and a dad. (Or, as he indicates below, DON’T settle down, but still read.)
Books and Reading Time with Dad
Reading has traditionally been an activity young children do with Mom. However, in so many families reading can fall down the priorities list with both Mom and Dad working outside the home or if Mom and Dad are not together.
It is critical for Dad to be engaged in the effort of creating a healthy reading environment in the home. Kids look up to Dad, just as they do Mom. When they see both of their parents involved in literacy activities, it helps them develop a strong love of reading.
Dad reads differently than Moms
Dads tend to have a greater ability to be silly with their kids. We are more in touch with their 12-year-old self. It’s true, whether we want to admit or not! Dads are often the ones rolling down the hill with their kids or putting things on their head in the grocery store. Keep that silliness alive even when you are cuddled up on the couch reading with your kids.
Read with funny voices and accents for each character. Use costumes and puppets. Get off the couch and recreate the action of the story. Injecting energy and enthusiasm in the story will make reading time with Dad an event not to be missed!
Father-child bonding time
Having that intimate time with your children is crucial and should be cherished. Read without distractions. Turn off the TV and leave your phone in another room. Instead immerse yourself in the moment. Texts and emails can wait – focus on the time you have together. This strengths your bond and shows your children how special they are to you.
How to set the tone in the home
Make reading a priority. Treat reading time as any other task or appointment on your schedule. It is just as, if not more, important than anything other commitment you have. There is always at least 15 minutes to pick up a book and read with your child.
Seeing how important it is to you will boost their self-confidence and motivate them to pick up a book. Dads have such a great influence on their kids – if you love reading, chances are they will too.
So Dad, pick up a book and share in the wonderful experience of reading with your children. Read with enthusiasm and without distractions. Put away your phone and turn off the TV. Below are a few selections for that are wonderful you, Dad, to read with your little ones. Cuddle up with your kids for
Dads can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss. They are always fun to read, for parents and kids alike. The simple, silly rhymes are perfect for beginning readers.
Piglet and Papa – Margaret Wild
This heartwarming tale of parental forgiveness and unconditional love is a wonderful story for dads to read to their children. Little Piglet has upset her father and wonders if he still loves her. She feels unloved and seeks reassurance from other animals in the barnyard, learning that no one love her more than papa. Piglets loving relationship with her papa will comfort any child who has ever been naughty for attention.
Owl Moon– Jane Yolen
This book demonstrates to your little one the importance of family time. It poetically tells the story of a father and daughter going out into the woods one snowy night in search of an owl. The little girl is so happy to finally go “owling” with her dad that she doesn’t mind if they never find an owl.
Guess How Much I Love You– Sam McBratney
No collection is complete without this sweet and touching little book. It is a favorite in many homes and can choke up the toughest of dads.
About the Author:
Jake Ball started childrensbookstore.com in 2006 after realizing that there was no website that was a truly independent bookstore that is 100% dedicated to juvenile literature. He loves engaging with the authors, illustrators and publishers who work hard to produce high quality children’s literature. Jake and his wife have 4 beautiful children. These poor children are often used as product testers and they have more books than might be considered healthy.