We all want our children to be strong readers, and to actually want to read. Experts and teachers tell us that our children need to read at least 30 minutes every day. The question I am most frequently asked is “how do I get my child to want to read?” The following tips will help you not only get your child to read more, but will make if fun, as opposed to feeling like a chore.
Draw attention to your bookshelves by facing some titles outward. This not only looks better, but will draw children’s attention to the books better than only showing the spines.
Choose books with bright colors and contrast. Look for stories with rhyming/repetitive patterns. Books with flaps to lift, stickers to position, or things to spot hold interest and engagement.
Finally, don’t restrict books to only one location in your home. Try placing baskets of books around to encourage children to pick up a book. Places to try include the breakfast table, bathroom, backseat, bedroom, and by the couch. Remember to change out the books in the baskets to keep them interesting and up to date with your child’s interests!