6 Tips to Encourage Your Child to Read


This post is an excellent discussion of ideas on how to help children want to read. I recommend it highly.

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These six steps will start your children on the road to a lifetime of learning and reading.

  1. Read to children as often as possible. If you expose them to reading early and often, it will become a pleasurable experience they will want to repeat when they read on their own.
  2. Picture books can help struggling readers to comprehend a story before they can read all the words. Let them enjoy the process, without getting bogged down with the exact words. Let children ‘pretend to read’ using the pictures for guidance.SCBWI_Postcard_sm_sq_WP
  3. Encourage young children to write and illustrate their own stories. Children have great ideas, make sure they are able to express these ideas freely.
  4. Set aside family reading or story time. This can be a read-aloud by the parent or by an older child. As children get older, this time can set aside just for independent reading, for adults (yes, you too)…

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16 thoughts on “6 Tips to Encourage Your Child to Read

  1. I find getting emotionally involved in the story also helps children make the connection between the lines of words and a pleasurable escape into a whole other world. I love it when they have memorized the story and repeat it back with equally enthusiastic inflection!

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  2. Great post. The best time to start is when they are alert. Start with pictures and you tell them a story. Make it a routine three times a day, until they get a little older to go to play groups, and then every night when they get too busy during the day. Go to the library once a week to get new things to read so you don’t get bored reading the same thing either (you also learn some new things too or refresh what you knew about some historical period). It was so fun picking out the new picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Later, when they were older and can read on their own, we read different series of books, such as the Wizard of Oz series and Mary Poppins. I didn’t even know those books were a series. Then, we would watch the video based on the book and talk about the differences.

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  3. A wonderful post to share. Thank you. My daughter is just learning to read on her own, and she’s such a book lover that one of her favorite activities when we don’t have books readily available is storytelling. Sometimes she asks us to tell her a story or sometimes she’ll make up a long and meandering tale. I think the art of storytelling, the exposure to language, vocabulary and discourse is an important part of becoming a lifelong reader as well.

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