Whether heading off on a camping trip, a ski weekend or a family vacation, we recommend putting small format picture books at the top of the packing list. Wherever we’re going or whatever we’ll be doing while we’re away, we should be able to find reading material to share with children.
Keep in mind that when you choose to read daytime or bedtime stories while on holiday, you are giving your child very positive messages about reading. You are saying, “Books are so special, we always make a place for them in our suitcase. We get to have extra stories when we’re on holiday because holidays are a time to enjoy treats like stories!”
If, on the other hand, we skip reading when we go on a holiday, our children might decide,‘reading is work’ and to be avoided when we are relaxing on a holiday.
My guess is, once you discover small format picture books, you will be as excited as I am about them. Most cost less than $5.00 and can be tucked into a birthday card, Christmas stocking or your own handbag or suitcase with ease.
Now, back to thinking about vacations. My experience has been that the stories we share while on holiday become intertwined with the happy memories and part of a family history. I hope that this happens with you too.