Reading can be a truly enjoyable activity, but sometimes children still have a tough time falling in love with books. In this guide, we’ve shared how to encourage a love of reading at any age. These five suggestions will inspire your child to explore new ideas, use their imagination, and figure out what interests them.
Some children may feel a little bored and restless when reading alone. To remedy this we recommend joining a book club so your child can socialize with others. If your child doesn’t have an outgoing personality, a book club will encourage them to speak in a group setting and make new friends.
To get into the habit of reading, we recommend playing the occasional audiobook. Even though they don’t provide real reading practice, they still teach comprehension and vocabulary. Best of all, you can listen to a story with your child and talk about it afterwards, just like a book club.
Besides Disneyland, few things beat the magic of the local library. Sign your child up for a library card and spend an afternoon letting them explore. With thousands of books to find and take home, make your library trip seem like an exciting adventure.
To establish a habit, set aside a specific block of time so that you do it consistently. For most children, the best time to read is before bed. Parlay the typical “bedtime story” into 30-60 minutes of nightly reading time. Let your child read any book they want and have them summarize what they read afterwards. This will help them fully understand what they read and will foster your bond over books. Check out these 10 Monthly Book Boxes to get you started!
More than anything, the best way to encourage reading is to serve as an active role model. Children like to imitate what they see, so make it a habit to read in front of them. It won’t be long before they start joining you at “reading time”, and you can enjoy this wonderful pastime together.