With the increasing amount of technology available to our children it seems like good old fashioned book reading is becoming a thing of the past. Here are some ideas to get your children engaged in books and encourage them to become lifelong readers:
Create a Reading Nook
Rearrange their room to create an open corner space that you can turn into their reading nook. Add a canopy on the ceiling, a comfortable bean bag chair, a blanket to cozy up with, and a small book shelf filled with their favorites. This will give them their own space to unwind and inspire them to read.
Find the Right Book
Look for books that are age appropriate and fit the interests of your child. If they love playing baseball a biography about Babe Ruth might be right up their alley. Check out some favorites and review book lists to find a couple that might spark an interest with your child. Look for books with attractive, colorful covers that will catch their eye.
Make It Fun
There are a lot of children’s books that have been made into movies like Charlotte’s Web, Black Beauty, and Diary of a Wimpy. Read the book with your child or if they are old enough get them a copy to read then celebrate together with a movie night once you are through. After the movie you can talk about the differences together and which version they preferred.
Add Reading to Your Routine
Create a quiet time after getting pajamas on to read a bedtime story to your child. Make a collection of short read books to display near their bed and let them pick which one they would like to read with you each night. You could also opt for a longer chapter book and read a chapter a night.
Make Reading Cool
A lot of local libraries offer activities and events for children as young as two. Check with your to find out if there is an event your child might enjoy to give them a chance to interact with other readers. If your library doesn’t offer anything you could also talk to other parents about arranging a book club or reading party for the kids.