We made reading an activity to go and do. We go to the library every week or two, and pick out books, lots and lots of books(they even have a rocking chair). The boys participated in the summer reading challenge, and picked a prize after reading a certain amount of time and coloring the corresponding pictures. Having all of those books somehow makes us sit down, take it slow and read a little. We could not possibly return them unread! We keep them in a separate basket in the living room so they do not get lost. Until recently it was the only room in the house that didn't have books (which I believe has been a great promoter in general to read). On our most recent trip to the library, I pulled out a book for Brekkon to look at quietly so I could choose some for the house. As I am looking I hear him in his very best library voice saying "mmmm-uuuu-dddd dddd-oooo-ggg." He then jumps quickly to his feet and shouts "MUD DOG?" He then proceeds to laugh, running around the library yelling "mud dog, and then the clean little dog rolled around in the mud and got all dirty" during all of this of course I am chasing him calling out "Library Voice Brekkon...LIBRARY VOICE PLEASE". In retrospect it was funny, but at the time....embarrassing!
Another change we recently made is instead of taking toys in the car, that rarely come out, we take books and sometimes magazines. They fit nicely into the back pocket seat in front of them and they can pick one out when they get in (it gives us more room for things like tap shoes and in-n-out hats). Brekkon has books in his pocket that he has memorized mostly. Hearing their little voices read to me in the car is just so, so sweet.
I have been trying to place books where they are easy to get to and put away and where the boys have a fun place to read them. I didn't know how wonderful Tukker's reading nook would really be for him. We often find him laying in his little hideout reading or browsing books on his own.
Here is a picture of most of our book places we have around the house for the boys.
Here's hoping that our continual evolution of our reading time will keep there love of books alive for a lifetime!