Though some kids might be more inclined than others to pick up a book, by using some smart strategies, you can turn even the most reluctant child into a lover of books and reading. Here's how.
Your child seeing you get pleasure when losing yourself in a great novel in your spare time will make a huge impression on them. They will look at reading books as something fun to do rather than something they just associate with schoolwork.
Visit your local public library with your child, and help him or her find books they'll enjoy. Make a note of readings and other special activities scheduled at your library, and attend them with your child.
Make surprise treats and gifts related to books, such as giving them a bookmark (have them start a bookmark collection!). If there's a particular book series your child can't get enough of, give them stickers of its characters. Once they've finished one book in the series, take your child to see the movie or rent the DVD if possible.
Keep track of your child's reading progress by making a chart, and use star stickers to mark each chapter they've read. They'll be motivated to earn more and more stars, and once they finish reading a book, give them a reward, such as $5 to go toward the next book club order at school.
Depending on the age of your child, either read to him or her or have them read to you, and then chat about the characters and the story. Think of it as your own little book club with your child.
Make it easy for your child to read by designating a space where it's easy for them to curl up with a book. A comfy chair with proper lighting and perhaps a blanket to cozy up underneath while reading is all you need to give them.
Some kids might take to types of books other than the tried-and-true classics. Try graphic novels or fantasy novels, for example, if you've only tried to get them to read mysteries.
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