10 Ways to Encourage Reading

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  1. Help your child your child choose (or let them choose themselves) reading material that they would genuinely like to read. Their interests and hobbies are good starting points.
  2. Leave a range of reading material around the house in places where your child can easily access them. Not just books, but also magazines, newspapers, catalogues, etc.
  3. Do your own reading in the living room or somewhere your child can see you. By seeing you reading, they will learn that it is something that grown-ups do regularly for pleasure.
  4. Take regular trips to the library. Ask the librarian to suggest books your child might enjoy or let your child explore the children’s section to find books that interest them.
  5. Not all reading has to involve books. Challenge your child to read things they come across during the course of the day – road signs, labels, menus, advertisements, etc.
  6. While in the car, over the dinner table, or while shopping, discuss books your child has read and encourage them to share their thoughts.
  7. Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers or sisters. This gives them a chance to show off their skills to a captive audience.
  8. Give your child a bookmark, reminding them that they don’t have to finish a book in one reading session.
  9. Go on excursions to places directly related to what your child has been reading about. For example, if they just read a book about marine life, take them to the aquarium.
  10. Every so often, treat your child to some light, fun reading, like a joke book, a comic book, or a book of rhymes or songs.

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