Look around the room you are in right now.
Are there more screens or books? Yes, the cell phone in your hand counts.
Walk into another room. Repeat.
Think about every room in your house, including the restrooms.
If you want to read more, put more books than screens in each room of your house. Put a book next to each place you like to sit. It’s totally okay to read multiple books at once, and it’s okay to reread books.
If you have kids, repeat this. Put picture or chapter books at their level and make them easy to grab.
If you’re a teacher, repeat this. Include all the screens in your students’ pockets and backpacks. Put interesting books where you students can reach them.
Remember to turn off those screens while you're reading and magic will happen. You'll begin to grab the books and read more often. So will the kids.
I just did a count in our house. Including the phone in my hand, we have more books/magazines than screens in every room, except the laundry room and two restrooms. We’re almost there. Next step, make sure we have kid and adult books in every room.
What's the book:screen ratio in your house?
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