Reading to your children and having your children read will set them up for a bright and exciting future. And a quiet future for you, if you instill a love of reading for your children early in their lives. You’ll love the ability to suggest reading as an activity when the noise level in your house reaches airplane-during-takeoff levels of chaos.
We know reading to your children every night can be exhausting but it’s a great way to settle down for the evening and transition to bedtime. But many times it seems we’re the only ones falling asleep, not our children. So no, it won’t be all snuggles and quietly drifting off to sleep but books are a great way to open up your child’s eyes to the universe. And like many things we do for our children, the outcome we’re working towards may not appear until many years later, if ever. So don’t give up and keep reading books.
Going to the library is one of the best ways to get started reading books, and it’s free, unless you make it a habit of losing books.
But there’s nothing like owning books especially if they’re free, quality books. So what if we told you there was a way to get free books, for your child, delivered directly to your doorstep? You’d probably think there’s no way a program like that exists but we’re here to tell you you’re wrong.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library delivers free books to millions of kids around the world every month.
Every month, from birth until 5 years old, Imagination Library will send your child an age-appropriate book. Your child will love getting books in the mail every month and they’ll be building a library of books to instill a love of learning and reading. And when you’re done with the books, you can pass a library of books to another family, and be like Dolly.
Imagination Library is always looking for local partners, so if it’s not available in your area reach out to local organizations, such as the United Way, and see if they can help bring the program to your local community.