My kids love to read. So I don’t worry about them not reading or not reading enough.
But I am concerned that they don’t read broadly enough. They read almost exclusively fiction. I am a nonfiction reader.
I wanted to encourage them to read more nonfiction books, especially biographies. I think at this young age, they can learn a lot of important lessons and wisdom from other successful people. Through reading life stories of famous people, they learn how to overcome poverty and challenges, how to work hard in order to become successful and reach your dreams.
Today I had an idea and announced it to my kids.
Whoever reads 1000 pages of nonfiction books will get an ice cream at the library.
I don’t uaually buy my kids treats, so an ice cream at the library is a nice treat and a big deal for them. They were both excited and motivated. They couldn’t wait to go to the library today.
In the afternoon we went to the Washington County Library in Woodbury. They checked out a whole bag of books, about 40 biographies. All of my son’s books are about athletes. My daughter’s books are about artists, musicians, writers, etc.
And they started reading intensely.
In 2-3 hours, Andy has already finished 400 pages. I don’t know about Amy, she hasn’t tallied her totals yet. She is a fast reader. I won’t be surprised by her high number.
Some of the juvenile books Andy read are really easy. The page numbers add up quickly.
I was glad to hear a comment Andy made after he read about 10 books. He said he liked reading those biographies.
Now I am getting concerned that I will owe them too many ice creams by next Sunday when we visit the library again.
For sure, going to the library will be more exciting for them than it used to be.