Tips for creating reading-friendly spaces

Reading benefits kids (and adults!) in countless ways. Depending on the age, books help children and teens with things like: developing a foundation of language; forming social skills and speaking skills; learning about their world; increasing vocabulary; and improving familiarity with different types of literature. Moreover, literacy and education are directly correlated to health outcomes. By developing reading habits as early as possible, you can establish healthy habits of lifelong reading. CHIL has compiled the following tips for creating a reading-friendly space, applicable for whether the space be your home, your classroom, or any other place you frequently spend time.

  • Have a variety of different reading materials and/or media available. This can be anything from magazines to audio books to comics. By having different options available, you and/or kids you care for are bound to be excited by at least one of them!

  • Have books handy. Keep them in the living room, near the toys, or on the bedside table. Make them as accessible as possible.

  • Make a special, inviting reading place. Do this by ensuring the area has good lighting and is comfortable and enjoyable to sit in for extended periods of time. Consider limiting the technology and screens available in the space, if possible. Instrumental music can also add to a calming, cozy reading environment.

  • Have materials handy that encourage creativity, in case you want to write a piece of your own, or your child wants to draw out a book’s storyline!

Creating a positive reading environment can do wonders in nudging kids and teens to read more. As many across the country are beginning their extended winter breaks from school, consider what small changes can be made to facilitate reading-friendly spaces during the holidays!