With living in Alaska my family went camping a lot, I mean, A LOT! They were great times filled with playing games in the camper, dad making pancakes in the morning, picking wild blueberries, and the best of all... mom reading to us out loud.
Mom would go to the library before every camping trip, pick out a few children's books and would read them to us while we were driving, fishing, by the fire, and even while we were in our sleeping bags laying around at their feet. She would literally have to beg us to let her stop reading because her voice would be getting too hoarsed. Most free moments we had, we would ask her to read more. It is a fond memory that all us children have from our camping trips; plus, my love of reading came because she read so much to us.
This tradition has passed on to some of us in the family as well. My brother and his wife read the Harry Potter books aloud and got me hooked on them because of that. It became such a fun time for us read the Harry Potter books, that we made it a tradition. We even waited to read each book till we were all together and could read them aloud with one another... we even each had our own favorite character that we loved to play. I loved my sister-in-laws version of Dobby and I think I did a pretty good Umbridge... if I do say so my self. :)
So, for a family tradition that you can start is reading together as a family. Find out what books have gotten good reviews, pick some out from your local library, and curl up as a family to read. You don't have to go out camping to do this; pop some popcorn and grab some good blankets, if you have a fire pit, maybe make some s'mores while you read. What is wonderful, is that you can truly do this anywhere with your wonderful family, plus you are helping to encourage your kids to read, which is also nice.
If you are looking for some good children's books, I have a list that I have posted, click here if you would like to see. Does anyone have any great suggesting for good family books?
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