6 Easy Ways to Make More Time for Reading

Ideas for squeezing in reading with your child, even with busy schedules.

Behavioral evidence has shown that children who are read to, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills. Try these ideas for squeezing in reading even with busy schedules.

1 | Make it part of the routine. Plan on it every night before bed. Take turns picking out books, giving kids a chance to be in charge of selections too.

2 | Read to your child while you are waiting for the load of laundry to finish or for the cookies to bake in the oven.

3 |  Read to your young child while he/she is taking a bath or getting a haircut.

4 | Listen to an audio book in the car when driving to and from school, or on errands to the grocery store. Log onto StoryPlace.org, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's recently updated website, and listen to an online story.

5 | Skip a television show and open up a book to read together as a family instead. Consider having a family reading night.

6 | Read aloud to your school-age children while they are washing the dishes after dinner.

Source: Emily Nanney, Charlotte Mecklenburg LIbrary