There really is something magical about story time. Nothing beats that feeling of choosing a story and snuggling up together to share a new adventure.
Okay, maybe not everyday is picture perfect, but more often than not story time is the perfect time to bond with your kids.
That’s why I’m so excited to partner with Put Me in the Story for this post–anything that gets kids excited about story time is awesome! They motivate kids by putting them right into the story. How cool is that?
How to Make Story Time Special
Develop a Routine
Kids respond well to structure and routine, that’s why bedtime stories work so well. If bedtime doesn’t work for you then develop a routine around something else. Read together after breakfast or while eating dinner. It doesn’t really matter what your routine is as long as kids know to expect it.
That is how forever memories are made! Snuggle up on the couch or bed and read stories together. The cozier the better because then as kids grow they will feel comforted and loved by the memories of books.
Choose Books Together
This was a suggestion from a reader and I think it is so important. Choosing books together, whether it’s from the library, the bookstore or your bookshelf at home helps kids get excited about and invested in the act of reading.
I love this one. When I asked how others made story time special at their house my friend responded that they take turns reading in silly voices! What a great way to capture kids’ attention and get them excited about story time.
Do a Book Activity
Build off your children’s interests to make story time a success. It’s a great way to increase comprehension skills and a love of reading in kids. Follow up a favorite story with a related game, craft or recipe and kids will be asking to do it again and again!
Think Beyond the Couch
Or the rocking chair. Or the bedroom. Do whatever works for you! Try reading stories during meals or having faraway relatives read books during a video chat. Who cares if reading is traditional? Anything that your kids will respond to is the way to make reading a life long habit.
My kids are thrilled my the prospect of being one of the characters during story time! Is there anything more motivating than seeing your name in print? That’s why I love the personalized stories from Put Me in the Story so much–my kids get to interact with Santa and super heroes all in the pages of a book!
Put Me in the Story books, create a personal connection between your kids and the books they love. Their partners are the world’s greatest characters and favorite bestselling books. In the stories, kids can assist Doc McStuffins on house call, explore the world of great women throughout history, suit up with Avengers, or simply read about just how much you love them.
And they want to share the #BookMagic with YOU!
Enter now to win! Good luck!
Disclosure: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Put Me in the Story, but as always all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are mine (and my family’s) alone.
Randi Kydonieus says
My son would love the Avengers and my daughter would love Sofia the First. We really enjoy reading together and having my kids IN the books would absolutely thrill them!
My 2 year-old would love the potty book.
I’ve always loved the berenstain bears, so I think i’d like The Berenstain Bears’ Home Sweet Tree or My dad loves me!
I would love You Are a Gift to the World for my son.
I love sharing stories with my kids. I enjoyed reading these ways to make it more special.
You are my heart or little deer. Or a Sophia. Great choices.
Reading time is such a special part of our day!
“You are a gift to the world” – so sweet!
Alana F. says
I’d love to make the owl “whooo loves you?” book dir my new niece & nephew!