Raise Vegan August 2018 - Page 24

There are so many benefits to lifelong reading, includ- ing increased vocabulary and exposure to diverse ideas, people, and places. Reading enhances one’s ability to focus and to imag- ine, which are especially important in this fast-paced, screen-heavy world. Here’s how to get your children to love reading! Attend library storytimes. Make going to the library a regular part of your week. There are even storytimes for infants, where you’ll learn new songs to sing to your babies and it will give you the opportunity to connect with other families. If the library becomes an integral part of your life, a love of books will follow. Incorporate books into your daily routine. Try snuggling together with two books before nap, then three books before bedtime. Put an emphasis on it being a spe- cial time together, and not strictly an active learning experience. This calm-down cuddle-time will give you and your little ones positive, happy feelings that they’ll associate with reading. Darcy Reeder darcyreeder.com @darcyreeder Photo Credit: Arcelia Kent 24 Raise Vegan AUGUST 2018