Serious now… if you want to raise curious, imaginative, and intelligent kids they need to be readers!! I’m not joking. Gasp…I know! Hear me now—make your home a reading home!! And for gosh sakes use your local library to help!!
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I’ve been taking my kids to the library since…well, before they were born. They’ve been raised going regularly. I volunteered at the library BEFORE I was paid staff and I volunteer even AFTER I have left that position. Reading is important to me because I believe it is crucial to creating educated, curious humans.
My kids always wanted their own “credit card” to “pay” for their books but I made a rule that they had to learn to read first. My kids learned to read well before 5 years old so that when the day of their 5th birthday (the age for a card at our local library) we headed up to the library and got their first library card. And celebrated with ice cream and books!
Their birthday was spent taking a trip to the library. Can a mom ask for anything better than that?
And I kept that first library card and framed it…
Look at that signature…oh so cute. Isn’t that so special!
Note: Many libraries, when they hear the reason, will issue you a second card simply for this purpose. Just ask!
Make a special library card frame:
1. Gather a frame…
This one is easy to find at all craft stores for little cost.
2. Using ModPodge cover the frame with your child’s favorite book.
You probably don’t want to use one they are actually reading. They might not like that! Levi learned how to read with Dr. Seuss, they are special to us.
These pages came from books that were damaged and unusable for reading purposes.
3. Use hot glue to add ribbon to your edges.
This is completely optional, but a great way to help conceal any uneven edges from modpodging the paper.
4. Hot glue the library card to cardstock.
I wanted to use hot glue rather than use super glue or similar product so that the glue would be easily removable. The "I can Read" was a simple addition to the cardstock. Honestly, if I did it again I would probably leave it off completely.
Then, just put that card where your picture should be in the frame. You’re done.
This sweet frame is such a sweet way to honor a young child's hard work to become a reader and a mom's sweet memoir.