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February Family Literacy Tip

Start a Family Dinner Book Club

Bring literacy to the dinner table! Pick a book to read as a family – independently for your older readers and with a grownup or out loud for your younger readers. Do a craft around the book to decorate the dinner table, make a themed menu inspired by the story, and involve your children in making the food! You’ll have some wonderful family bonding while you engage in a book in a truly unique way and you’ll all learn to share ideas about books and stories! 

If your children are vastly different readers, give them a topic – unicorns, history, etc. – and have them pick books within that topic. This encourages sharing different books as well and gives each child a chance to practice talking about books. 

Here is an example:

Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola – as a family, read Strega Nona. Create a craft such as making pasta pots or trying to draw a self portrait in the illustration style of de Paola. On the night of the book club, have your children help you make spaghetti. Slurp noodles as you talk about the story together! 

Looking for more ideas? Ask a librarian to show you our food stories for some delicious inspiration!