Now that he is a dad, Nick Lachey’s evenings are a little different from his “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” days. He and wife Vanessa make sure to read to their three children, Camden, 5, Brooklyn, 3, and Phoenix, 1, every night before bed. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have very vivid memories of my mother reading to us as kids,” shares the 98 Degrees frontman, who was on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars. “If nothing else, before we go to sleep, we always read each one of our kids a book. It’s a very, very special time.”
Classics like Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in constant rotation in the Lachey household, and the latter is a particular favorite of Camden’s. “My son is all into construction vehicles like most boys are, so he’s enthralled with dump trucks and bulldozers,” notes Lachey. “It’s good for bedtime because it gets him into the mentality that everything’s shutting down.”
Lachey says his children are lucky because they have access to books, and he wants to help those less fortunate, which is why he recently partnered with Pizza Hut’s The Literacy Project and the nonprofit First Book to make sure kids in need have access to books and other educational resources. “Studies have shown that kids who aren’t reading proficient by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma,” says Lachey. “It’s important to get these books into the hands of kids and encourage them to read.” And if it’s every noche, even better.