Tips to Encourage Reading
With the right books and time to read, your child will choose to read more
- Bring books in the car, on the train, on the bus. Life is busy and many of us spend a lot of time in transit. Reading can take place any time, any where.
- Keep books by the front/back doors. Read a page or two while you're waiting to go somewhere or for someone or something.
- Read at breakfast/lunch/dinner (especially if there is only one person eating).
- Put a lamp next to your child's bed and give them extra time each night to read. Leave the light on extra minutes for reading (10, 20, 30 extra minutes - whatever works for you) or turn the light off at the regular time. Their choice. Most kids will choose to stay up later and read.
- Carve out 10 minutes in the afternoon to read.
- Show them reading. If you read, they will want to read, too. Whether it's books, magazines, newspapers - read side by side and see what happens.
- Ask relatives/babysitters/caregivers to spend 15 minutes reading with your child.
- Read aloud - no matter how old or what reading level your child is. According to a report by Scholastic, "83% of respondents ages 6 to 17 relish listening to their parents read them a tale." Also, until about 7th grade, kids' listening comprehension and reading comprehension are different - reading aloud helps bridge that gap.
- Read only books your child is interested in. With millions of books to choose from, there is not enough time to read them all so let your child pick the ones they like best. It does not matter if you enjoy the book; it matters if they enjoy it (even Minecraft, Barbie and Spiderman!).
What others are saying
"My son looked forward to seeing his new selections every week and, for the first time, opted to take books in the car to read instead of his Nintendo."
Mike L., Chicago
Mike L., Chicago