15 Tips for Raising Readers
To celebrate kids heading back to school this month, we’re sharing 15 easy ways to incorporate books into your child’s daily activities, to encourage their love for reading! This list doesn’t only apply to school-aged children, but younger kids as well.
1. Read aloud every day for at least 20 minutes.
2. Read with expression – make the story come alive for your child.
3. Point out things in the book for your child to find.
4. Ask your child what he or she likes or dislikes about the book.
5. Visit the library and let your child pick out books you can read together.
6. Let your child read to you or help with words if they are just learning to read.
7. Choose books based on your child’s interests such as animals, cars, or dolls.
8. Establish reading times at home – before naps and bedtime or after school.
9. Keep books where your children can reach them.
10. Take your child to the library for story hour.
11. Keep a book on hand while out running errands for any potential down time.
12. Give books to your kids or friends and family’s children for birthdays and holidays.
13. Set a reading-related goal and then celebrate once it’s been achieved.
14. Read the book and then watch the movie (if applicable).
15. Add to the festivities by incorporating books into holiday celebrations.
Reading with your children encourages curiosity and helps them learn how to use their imagination. To quote the famous Dr. Seuss, “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Happy reading!