Make choosing a book an experience
If you’d like your child to do some reading this summer, make the experience of choosing a book real. There’s nothing quite like the feel and character of a bookstore. As poet Nancy Byrd Turner describes it: “The bookshop has a thousand books, all colors, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges.” Before you head out on vacation or send your child off to camp this summer, bring your child to a bookstore and let her roam the aisles (the same way you used to when you were a child, and perhaps still do). With so many choices to physically hold and examine, she’ll undoubtedly find a number of titles that peak her interest and spark some excitement.
(We love libraries, too, for many of the same reasons, but there’s something just a little bit different about a bookstore.)