HELP KIDS FALL IN LOVE WITH READING
As a parent, you play a big role in helping to mold and shape your child’s views on reading. The more you show them that reading can be fun, the more likely they are to enjoy it themselves — and the greater their chances of experiencing a real Year of Success.
Follow these tips to make reading more fun for your whole family:
Reading a bedtime story each night can be a great way to help kids share in the joy of reading. Let them choose what they’d like to hear. If they’re old enough, ask if they’d like to read as well, and then take turns.
Keep kids engaged by asking questions about the story as you read it aloud. Ask them what they think about a particular character’s actions or what they imagine might happen next. Get creative — your kids surely will!
Rather than get frustrated when kids want to read the same story over again, keep in mind that re-reading can help children build confidence as they improve their skills. It can also strengthen their enjoyment to return to stories they already know and love.
In this hyper-connected age, it’s easy to rely on smartphones and tablets to help keep kids entertained. Instead, try to have a book or magazine handy for those occasions when kids have to wait, such as on a road trip or at the doctor’s office.
Make library events and activities a part of your family’s weekly routine. When your kids get their library cards, treat it like a special occasion so they understand that reading is a delight, not a chore.