Keeping reading and sharing books FUN is important. If the experience is not a positive one, children will relate reading to something negative, which will make them less likely to choose to read (from the Every Child Ready to Read website).
What’s this mean practically?
- It’s ok to stop reading when it’s no longer enjoyable, even if you haven’t finished the book.
- Do something else other than going to the library or storytime on those “not so good” days.
- And it’s ok to leave storytime or the library when it’s no longer enjoyable.
Bottom line, it’s the QUALITY of time, not the QUANTITY of time that makes the difference. Remind yourself that you have years and years of moments and moments to add up; enjoyable moments build a love of books!