Take a group of kids, add their parents or grandparents to the mix, season with a blend of child-oriented fiction and you have the recipe for a Better Homes and Gardens� Family Reading Club, a wonderful way for you and your children to experience the magic of reading together.
Reading and sharing stories not only promotes literacy and an overall love of books, it also builds stronger relationships. When you expand the activity to include other families, you encourage your kids and their friends to associate reading with fun, especially when you turn club meetings into parties complete with treats and activities that bring to life the books you and your kids are reading.
A family reading club can also improve communication by using the featured book as a springboard for discussion. There's no end to the insights, lessons, and feelings that can flow from a fun read. Parents can use stories to teach valuable lessons and offer solutions to the kinds of conflicts everyone faces. And kids are more likely to take those lessons to heart if they come in the form of a story, instead of a parental lecture.
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