Without a doubt, my daughter’s favorite thing to do is read books. While I’d like to take all of the credit for her love of reading I know several things play a part. Being a high school teacher, I’m well aware of both the importance of reading and the growing disdain for books. More often than not, when a student doesn’t like to read, it’s because they never read at home. Literacy is such an important part of life and it’s important to begin teaching these skills at an early age. Here are a few ways to help your child fall in love with books…
Read to them every single day. Hands down, this is the key to becoming a book lover. When kids have regular access and exposure to books, they are bound to be a reader for life.
Let them see you reading. We all know we should practice what we preach. If we want reading to be a priority in our child’s life, we have to make it a priority in ours. Whether you are reading a novel or a cookbook, point it out to your kiddo.
Take them to the library. It’s pretty hard not to feel like a kid in a candy store when you visit the library. With aisles and aisle of books, your child will be sure to find something he loves. Check with your local library for information about special programs and reading times.
Talk about books. This is something that is great for developing critical thinking skills. Ask your child about the book you last read while you’re in the car or eating dinner. See if they can remember what the book was about, what happened to the main character, etc.
Use books for other things. Sometimes, when we are playing with a book, we’re not actually reading it. Instead, we’re pointing things out, counting, and playing I Spy. “Addie, can you find the clouds?” “How many sheep are on this page?” What color is her shirt?” Etc.
Get into it. The more fun and crazy you are as a reader, the more your kiddo will like reading. Practice reading in different voices, add sound effects, sing part of the book instead, use props to tell the story, turn it into a performance!