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June 22, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.

Tip # 6:  “On the Go” Book Bags!

 From the time my boys were toddlers, I have traveled around town with BOOKS!  From board books to picture books and from beginning readers to non-fiction books; having books to read and share wherever you are is both helpful and fun!  Book bags are simply bags of books that stay in the car, or move back and forth with you from the home to the car!  Book bags will not only save you in “traffic” or in “waiting rooms”, but they will also have a positive influence on your child’s reading life.  Being surrounded by books is enriching!  Reading impacts your child’s language, knowledge, comprehension and so much more.  And by having books with you “on the go” you can fill some of those meltdown moments with valuable reading experiences!

 Any kind of bag works – just make it one that holds a minimum of three to four books.  Then, look at your individual child’s interests and level and fill the bag accordingly. 

 Currently, my six year old son’s bag contains:

  • A book about the fifty states (he is very interested in the U.S.A
  • A chubby book of animal facts and photographs
  • A picture book of NBA superstars
  • Two “just right” books that he can read (I try to rotate these every few days)

 My nine year old son’s bag contains:

  • A book of facts about the solar system
  • A sports almanac
  • A biography of Larry Bird
  • A book about Greek Mythology

 Having books with you – wherever you are – will encourage your child to read for pleasure and experience the joy of books.



1. Diane McVety - June 24, 2009

Dear Nora,
What a great site! I wish it had been around when my kids were little. I am a retired teacher who volunteers in a second grade classroom once a week during the school year. I love your ideas and will pass them on when school resumes in September; many of them will be very useful ideas for our parents to try. I have some of your books which I plan to donate to the school–on second thought I probably should save them for my (fingers crossed) future grandchildren! Best of luck on all your new endeavors!

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