Reading is fun

Reading is fun (Photo credit: John-Morgan)

Reading is an important activity in my family. Our library cards get a lot of use. We have shelves of books in our home. I have a wish list of future books to read.

Reading is fun – at least that’s what I think. I’ll acknowledge that sometimes it can feel like a chore (e.g. – reading some textbooks). When we make something fun or enjoyable, we are more likely to do it. The same is true with reading.

Reading is Fun Week is May 12-18, 2013. Here is how I keep reading fun for me and how I try to support reading with some of my clients.

  • Share a singable book with a child. This doesn’t mean always singing books. Rather change-up reading by sharing a few of these singable books. It can keep reading new and fresh.
  • Listen to a recorded book. They are often available at your local library or for purchase from various sites. This can allow you to “read” while commuting or while washing dishes.
  • Write a family historyYes, it is writing, but to gather a history includes reading and listening. It can involve reading correspondence between family members to gather insights.
  • Download or purchase a mad lib and have fun with a silly tale. If you have a child in the house, this can also be a great way to practice parts of speech. It is a change of pace which is fun.
  • Create a playlist that relates to a chapter of a book like this author. This is a fresh way to reflect what you have read. It may be the style of music, the mood, or the theme you elect to reflect.
  • Set aside time to read. This can be a challenge, but prioritizing time for ourselves even if it is 15 minutes can make a big change.
  • Share the books you have enjoyed along with the “why”. There are blog posts of book reviews, community boards, reviews on Amazon, shares between friends. Find a place or two to gather and to share.
  • Repeat reading is good. Different points or descriptions will jump out at you. Children love repeating books. In my intergenerational groups with preschoolers, we often repeat a book several times across sessions. Parents report the child re-reading and retelling the book after a few weeks.
  • Have quiet music playing while you read. This may not work for all reading materials or all people. Again, making a playlist is nice.

Songs inspired by or about books

Here are a few songs inspired about books that could be aid conversations with adults.

“House on Pooh Corner” is one  that works with intergenerational groups. Discussion about Winnie the Pooh can be fun. Who read these books? Which character is most like you? 

Check out this contemporary list of music on Book Riot. I especially like “The Book of Love” for discussing what a person would include in their book of love and whether they think it is boring; “If I Could Write a Book” for sharing what they would write.

This Huffington Post article highlights 10 songs about books. My personal favorite is the Beatles “Paperback Writer”.  What are the pros and cons of paperback books?

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What tips would you add? What are your favorite songs about books? What are you reading for fun?