As a kid, I consumed books like I consumed ice cream – fast and furious!
I loved a few book series and as soon as a new release was available I’d race to the bookstore with my allowance. I’d get home and immerse myself into the life of the so many book characters and imagine I lived in a far-off place full of excitement and opportunities. This enabled me to dream that all things were possible.
Today’s reality… Reading books is competing with YouTube, Netflix, iPads and video games – and unfortunately, this goes for adults as well as children. Sure, people still read, so SO MANY don’t. Having so many ways to have fun as a kid these days means that reading can sometimes be a last resort.
As parents – we can all agree that we want our children to enjoy books and have them as a part of their life as we know this allows them to be more creative, become better writers, learn about the world and the best part yet, escape into great storytelling.Today's reality... Reading books is competing with YouTube, Netflix, iPads and video games - and unfortunately, this goes for adults as well as children. Let's get our kids to read more! #literacy #ChildrensBooks #Booksforkids Click To Tweet
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So, let’s focus on getting our kids to read more with these 8 tips:
(Adults – some of these will work for you too)!
1. Family Reading Time
We recently started doing this after dinner. As soon as all dishes were put away we’d all grab our books, set the kitchen timer and read for at least 30 minutes Note: We read our own books.
How this started: My son had to be encouraged to read more regularly and since I love reading and I also wanted my husband to read more this was a great plan.
The result: My son would actually read for at least 45 minutes to an hour and we’d all have some quiet time to enjoy our own books. Win win!
2. Make a Reading Bucket List
This is another great tip that works for kids and adults. Create a list of the books you want to read this year and start marking them off your list.
How to get started:
- For kids, let them do the research – either on the internet or going to the bookstore or library. Next, they can create their list on paper and post it to the fridge. Once they’ve completed they can tick the list and move to the next book.
- For adults, we all know how popular bullet journals have become – so get your favourite journal and create your book bucket list there. If you don’t have one yet, here’s how to get started.
Feel free to make the bucket list challenge competitive with your child to see who reads the most books. A reward can be something small each time they get to a certain milestone – i.e a bookmark, a new book.Want your child to read more? Tip: Make a reading bucket list... plus try these other 7 tricks. #literacy #ChildrensBooks #Booksforkids Click To Tweet
3. Read Together
Reading the same book together can work for different age groups, but the goal is to have the child read one page and then the parent reads one page.
For the younger child, this helps them get in the habit of reading. It also gives you the ability to ask them questions about the book to ensure their reading comprehension is where it needs to be. Make sure to ask specific questions.
4. Let Your Child Select Their Books
This tip is especially important if your child is having a hard time reading or isn’t as interested as you’d like. If you allow them to choose the books they are going to read (even if you’d rather they read something different), it will simply get them in the habit of reading and fingers crossed will get them more interested in books.
An example of this is books that have some graphics or cartoons in them. I have always tried to steer clear of these but since both my stepsons have enjoyed reading them in the past I have encouraged it – just to make sure they are reading something!
You can still balance this with other books you’d prefer they read which can still be fun for them.
One book series that I love to recommend is: And Then It Happened. It includes fun stories of 3 boys in school that get up to go good – but always learn a lesson!
5. Let Them See You Reading
This one is pretty self-explanatory 🙂 If I child sees you reading they will be inquisitive about the story. Children also tend to copy some of their parent’s habits, even if they don’t realize it!
The biggest reason to let your children see you read: If you’re asking them to read and they never see you – expect them to notice and ask why!
6. Talk About Books
This is especially easy if you enjoy books, but if not ask your child about their books. Ask about the books they’re reading at school. In general conversation talk about a book you loved or book that’s being made into a movie. Tell them how reading the book before the movie is always the most interesting.
The goal here is to reference books in your daily conversation the same way you would a new movie or TV show. How you reference them is up to you 🙂
7. Introduce Your Child To New Book Series
A great way to get your child to try new book series is to get them researching. Many schools have book fairs or programs to purchase books through the school.
Get your child to decide what new series they want to start. They can attend book fairs to learn about new book series but also do some research online or at a local library.
Book series are a great way to get your child to fall in love with the characters and storylines and read one book after another in the series.
8. Add Reading to the Chores List
Now, I do not want your children to think of reading as a specific chore, but adding reading as an extra bonus point for the chores list is a helpful reminder to make reading a daily habit.
This is ideal for children who have a hard time reading or forget to pick up a book. It’s also a great way to get your child to read if they are competitive and like to earn an allowance 🙂
I hope the above tips and tricks help you and your children get more involved in reading!
I’d love to know from you… How do you encourage reading in your household? Are there any tips that have worked for you?
Make sure to share in the comments below!
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