Why Winter Is a Great Time for Kids to Start a Book Series

Encouraging your child to start a book series right now will inspire a year-round love of reading.

Feb 21, 2024



Why Winter Is a Great Time for Kids to Start a Book Series

Feb 21, 2024

When the weather is cooler and the days are shorter, there's no better time to snuggle up with a warm blanket and get lost in a book — or three! Getting cozy with a good book series is a wonderful way for your child to beat the winter blahs — and foster a love of reading during the winter season and beyond.

Here are three reasons why you should use these short, colder days to get your child hooked on a new series.

1. They’ll Finish the School Year Strong 

Winter is the perfect time to reinforce all of the skills your child has picked up so far this school year. Now that the school year is more than halfway complete, diving into a book series will advance their new reading skills and keep them learning. 

By reading a book series like The Bad Guys for early readers or Harry Potter and Wings of Fire for more advanced readers, your child will have ample opportunity to practice fluency, learn new vocabulary, and think critically — all skills that will help them succeed in school as they finish the year. 

2. It’ll Make Time Indoors Fly By  

If your child is dreaming of warmer days, spring will arrive a little sooner when they spend the winter immersed in a captivating series. 

This is a great time to try a graphic novel series like Dog Man or the new editions of I Survived and The Baby-Sitters Club. These action-packed series will help your child escape the common doldrums of winter, and will engage them with fast-paced narratives, colorful illustrations, and exciting adventures. 

Graphic novels are overall a great way for kids to unwind after school without a screen, whether they’re reluctant or voracious readers. (Here are top tips for reluctant readers.) 

3. They’ll Have New Characters to Call Friends

While the shorter days, colder temperatures, and blustery winds may limit playdates and time with friends, series help your child learn about new types of characters who may be similar or different from themselves. Witnessing how these characters experience the world builds empathy and a deeper understanding of others.

Starting a book series is also a great opportunity for your family to reconnect. Cozy up this winter, reading along or aloud with your kids. You’ll not only help reinforce their reading and comprehension skills, but you’ll have an unforgettable time together. 

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