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Family Reading Fun

By Brenda Hyde

March is National Reading Month and it's the perfect time to plan some fun reading activities. First, check your local libraries and museums for special fun they may be sponsoring this month.  Second, do some things with your kids that will show them how special reading is and how much fun it can be!

Reading Quiz Show: Pick a book that everyone in the family can take turns reading fairly quickly.  Have each person write down five questions or more to "quiz" the other family members about the book. Let each person ask their questions and either take turns answering aloud or write the answers down. The person who has the most correct answers wins a small prize. Make this a fun family night with pizza and snacks beforehand!

Book Theme Dinners: Pick a favorite book and make a dinner or snack based on the book such as an Alice in Wonderland tea party, a French dinner with Madeline, berries and milk with Peter Rabbit and his friends, spaghetti and meatballs with Frances in Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, or a British meal with Harry Potter. Let the kids help plan out the meal, and take turns reading the book after eating!

Garden Fun: Read  A Gardener's Alphabet by Mary Azarian, Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta or The Tiny Seed  by Eric Carle then let each child plant their own seeds! You can plant grass seed for a fast, fun project or let them start their own vegetable and flowers. Use little peat pots so they can transfer them into the garden in the spring.

Nightly Reading: If you aren't already, read a book EVERY night before bed. Picture books are usually better than chapter books if you still have toddlers. The older kids still like them, and can help read aloud, and the younger ones enjoy it more.

Donations: If you are fortunate enough to own a lot of books, use this month to sort through all of them, adult titles too, and donate the books your kids have outgrown or the ones you feel you won't read again. Donate them to a shelter or another charity organization that will give them away!


Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer, wife and mom to three readers. For more reading activities, book reviews and writing features visit her at

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