Learning to read is an important step for
every child, and one that makes it possible for them to actively contribute as
Very young children are often found playing
with books, but some school children lose this interest.
Some ways to get children to enjoy books
and reading are:
- Let them see you read for enjoyment
Buy or borrow books on their favourite
activities; whether it is football, Harry Potter, fairies, cars or horses, a
book about something they love will automatically have appeal.
- Read to your children. No matter how
old and how well they can read to themselves, children still enjoy the experience of cuddling up and
hearing a story. This way, you can introduce new books and harder stories
as you are available to explain things as needed.
- Don’t give them books that are too
hard for them to read. Keep books accessible to their level – and the
occasional book of pictures won’t hurt either.
- Give them books with challenges
inside, such as finding Wally or hidden mice throughout the story. Make it more
interesting by giving a friend or sibling the same book and seeing who can
solve the puzzle quicker.
- Look out for unusual books. Children’s
books now come in different shapes, with fold outs, pop-ups, 3D glasses and
other variations to the rectangular paper book.
Make use of books that have a tape or
CD as well. This takes the pressure off the child to read it all for themselves
and adds excitement of character voices and background effects.
- Have lots of books around for children
to access whenever it suits them. No child will spend much time with books if
it is a chore to find one.
- Take children to libraries and let
them choose their own books to borrow. The excitement of choosing can spark
interest, and they’ll see other people there enjoying books, too.
- Participate in activities at your
local library. Listening to stories by the librarian with other children can be
a lot of fun – and fun is what children need to associate with books. Often the
reading will be followed by activities related to the books they heard.
- Make some books yourself. Put together
photos or pictures your child will like, add some captions or descriptions, and
you will have a book your child will love to read.
- Encourage your child’s imagination –
tell stories, play make believe games, look for cloud pictures and be creative.
Children with active imaginations will find new worlds and delights inside
- Turn off the TV, computer, gameboy and
associated gadgets. Too much of electronic stimulation leaves little time for
books, and reduces the desire to work at reading and imagining as required from
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