Getting children to be enthusiastic about reading can sometimes be a challenge. Compared to the television, with all of its stimulating jingles, colors, and characters, reading may seem quite boring. That’s why the earlier they begin their lifelong love of books, the better. Books with vibrant art, rhyming, and lively characters is a great place to start. Soon they’ll be hungry for new words, worlds, and of course, special time with you.
*Make sure to read with them daily. Although schedules get hectic, carving out 15 minutes for a story goes a long way.
* Take turns reading aloud, alternating pages.
*Use funny voices or accents sometimes just for fun.
*Get them a library card and show them how to use it. Spend time there together and allow them to choose subjects of interest. You may also want to participate in some of the activities/programs that your branch has to offer.
*Bring them to the used bookstore for new reads and encourage them to donate or share books they’ve outgrown.
*Make story time your uninterrupted one on one time together.
*Laugh! Reading should be enjoyable and fun.
*Discuss the story and characters- always encourage questions. Rouse their imagination by asking how they would’ve chosen the story to end or what happens afterward.
*Have lots of literature at home and available to them. Make it a fun project to build and decorate a bookcase for their bedroom filled with favorite books.
*Prompt them to bring books along for trips, car time, waiting areas, picnics, etc.
*Teach them to respect books, their pages, and to take good care of them. Allow them to develop a bond with reading in general.
*Create decorative book markers together for every season for some craft time fun.
*Be an example. If kids see that reading is your norm, it’ll be theirs.
*Most of all, inspire them to make books and reading a part of their everyday life. Read signs, menus, games, flash cards, magazines, comic books, etc. Take them to libraries, bookstores, annual book sales, and flea market tables. Sound things out together, teach alternative meanings, challenge, and praise them often.
“What is another word for mommy?” Bibliophile. Bibliophagist. Logophile. Bibliomaniac. Bookworm. Happy.