Take a Field Trip
Visit your local library or bookstore to pick out a book. Walk the aisles with your daughter, pointing out books you think she might like. Let her pick one to take home. Introduce her to a librarian. Ask the librarian if they’ll help your daughter pick out a book. They know exactly what questions to ask to lead you to the perfect choice! It’s a great way for her to feel even more special at the library, and comfortable asking another grown-up for help.
Explore Your Child’s Interests
If you have a small collection of books already, ask your son which one is his favorite. When he tells you, ask him what he likes about it so much. If he loves a certain character – say a playful dog – continue the conversation by asking if he has any other books about dogs he likes, or other animals he likes to read about. You can also ask if there is a book he doesn’t like. Next time you go book hunting you can use what you learned to help you pick out something he’ll enjoy.
Have a Book Swap
Pick out one or two books to trade with friends at your next play date. For older children, ask them to pick out the book(s) they want to trade. Your son will be excited to read something his friend picked out just for him!
Visit a Little Free Library
Check this map to find a little free library in your neighborhood. Take a walk with your son to your closest one, and let him pick out a book to take home. If he has one he’s ready to pass on, bring it with you to the little free library to leave behind for someone else to enjoy.