How to Develop a Love of Reading in Children?

It’s one thing when children read in school or as part of homework, but are there ways to encourage kids to read when classes come to a close? The answer is: YES! Reading helps kiddos develop their language skills, expand their vocabulary, spark their imagination, broaden their knowledge, and much more. Not to mention, it doubles as a quiet pastime to balance out all of the active fun they will have in the summer months!

So without further ado, here are ways to encourage a love of reading in kids:

 

Start Small

There’s no such thing as “too early” when it comes to books! You can start reading stories to little ones from the moment they’re born, as it helps their cognitive development and introduces them to language.

 

Read Together

Ride the reading wave as kiddos grow older – and make it a regular activity! Not only will it contribute to their general development, but reading together can turn into bonding moments. You’ll be steering the ship at first, but you can then encourage children to say words or sentences out loud, and eventually let them take over storytime. Reading on their own when they’re ready is sure to give ‘em a boost of confidence!

 

 

Create Book-Friendly Spaces

To encourage children to read, we suggest putting books on display all over your home – especially in the kid’s room or playroom. Making sure books are front and centre can showcase their importance and pique a child’s interest. And if you want to take it a step further, we recommend creating a special reading nook.

 

Lead by Example

In addition to surrounding children with books, setting an example can also be inspiring. Kids often learn by mimicking adults, and if they notice you sitting down with a book fairly often, they could get curious about the process and even aim to replicate it. Who knows, maybe seeing how much you enjoy reading can turn your little one into a bookworm when they grow up!

 

 

Visit the Local Library

We also recommend paying a visit (or many) to your local library. Seeing books left and right can definitely encourage reading, but it’s the additional library activities for kids that can help ‘em associate books with fun! And if you’re looking to instil a sense of independence in your child, getting them their own library card can most certainly help with that.

 

Introduce a Series

A child reading an entire book is definitely a win, but if you want to stay off the “one-book-only” territory, we recommend finding an exciting, kid-friendly series. If page-turners land in their hands (with a few related books to follow), it could keep them reading in the future!

 

 

Give Stories as Gifts

To make reading that much more special, we suggest giving books as gifts! Sometimes books are handed to kids as a “less fun” alternative to television, but presenting them as gifts can make them exciting. To make it more fun, you could even mix in pretend play and come up with a character such as the Tooth Fairybut bookworm versionthat roams the land and sprinkles stories into children’s lives!

 

Pay Attention to Interests

On top of putting the above tips to good use, we also encourage you to find out how and what your child wants to read! Do they like listening to an audiobook or turning the pages of a printed book? Do they prefer kid-friendly magazines or graphic novels? Maybe even recipes? What genres do they gravitate towards? There is a ton to discover and explore!

 

Finally, if you tried it all and still don’t see a bookworm in front of you, then our final recommendation is this: there’s no need to force it. Doing that could actually backfire! In the end, there are avid readers, once-in-a-while readers, or those who prefer other activities – all of which are a-okay.

 

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