by Captain Lyaf Yarr
Most grownups want to see their child reading not because of a homework assignment or whatnot but for the pure pleasure of it, but they don't know how they can encourage their child to read. As a kid who likes to read here's what I've come up with:
- Talk to your child about books. My mom reads all the time and so does my oldest sister. We talk about books, what we like to read, our favorite stories, and we get excited about movies based on books. My sister and I read the books before the movies and get all dressed up. It's a lot of fun. So talk about books!
- Give books as gifts. I get book presents for my birthday, the holidays, just for being a good kid, etc. They're either books I said I wanted or books that are getting a lot of good coverage by the media (it's how my oldest sister first heard of Harry Potter, Twilight, and how I heard of the Hunger Games.) Popular books are a great gift idea.
- Match the reading level of your kid. You wouldn't give a grade school kid Moby Dick to read or a high school kid the Spiderwick Chronicles. Find and share books that are appropriate, not books you necessarily want them to read.
- Talk to your child's teacher. Sit down with the teacher in a parent/teacher conference and ask if they can help you interest your child in reading. Ask about how reading is done in class. Is there daily reading time? Pop-a-Top reading once a month? Trips to the school library biweekly? The more you know, the more you can do.
- Ask a librarian. If your child is interested in a certain author, subject, or series ask your librarian if he/she could suggest books and give recommendations for further reading. Librarians are huge resources when it comes to books! It's their job.
- Subscribe to kid friendly magazines. Most kids are like me and enjoy reading magazines, so to encourage reading to them you can get them children magazines such as American Girl, Zoobooks, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, Kids Discover, Highlights For Children, Your Big Backyard, Boys Life, etc. Pick something based on their age and their interests and you can't go wrong.
Do you have any tips on helping parents/guardians encourage reading to their child or children? Comment and tell me.