Making sure your children have access to their books is key. Even when they are toddlers. Yes, that means some books might get over loved and worn out, but that’s okay! Books should be displayed low enough for your child to reach them and in a way that allows them to see the covers. If you have a basket for books, try not to overstuff the basket so that you can’t see the front covers. Put in just enough that the front covers of each book show in some way for your child to recognize the book. You can buy bookshelves and hang them on the wall at their level- perfectly located in their reading corner.
Speaking of reading corners, there should be multiple opportunities for your child to grab a book throughout your house. Don’t just put them in the bedroom or they can quickly become associated with bedtime reading and not a daytime activity. We have story baskets throughout our house, although some not in actual baskets! My son has his basket of books by his bed for night time and a basket of books by his tent in his bedroom. He has a basket of books in his playroom in his reading corner. He has books in our coffee table as well as a basket displayed in our living room. I’m pretty sure he even has books in the open shelving part of my night stand.
What I’m saying is disperse books throughout your home! It’s so fun to see your kiddo randomly grab a book independently and sit down to start reading. We have books displayed on high shelving in his playroom for seasonal decoration opportunities, but once we’ve read the book, I try to keep it as his level for him to revisit when he wants.
Having books dispersed throughout the house also reminds us as parents to read, read, read to our children. Out of sight, out of mind. Since we have books everywhere, I often grab one in the morning to read, while we’re eating lunch, during playtime, etc. If we, as parents, can also see the books, we’re more likely to spend time reading and engaging with our kiddos as well. By doing this you are placing value and importance on reading, which your child will catch on to as well.