I fail at a lot of things as a parent, but one thing I think Mark and I have done well is teach our kids to be voracious readers. (Here’s an earlier post about raising kids who love to read). Our kids’ beds are regularly hidden under piles of books. And while all four of our kids have regular early bedtimes, we let them stay up as late as they want—as long as they are reading. Mark and I also try to model this behavior for our kids, and make a point to be reading in front of them often.
One thing we are trying to do more of is read together, aloud, as a family. There’s something about all of us sitting around the table or on the couch together getting immersed in a story for the first time. Of course, it can be a challenge to find a book that appeals to our spread of ages and—this is important—a book that also captures our attention as parents. Our kids are ages 4 through 9 – so we’ve got a challenge in coming up with books everyone will appreciate. We’ve found, however, that there are plenty of old and new book series for kids that have appeal for all of us. With Christmas break coming up and lots of potential family time in store, I thought I’d share some of those series with you. Maybe carving out 15-20 minutes a day to read aloud to your kids would be a fantastic New Year’s resolution for 2014.