5 Great Ways to Get Your Kid into Reading

We need lots more bookish people in this world, so here are 5 suggestions for turning your kids into bookworms.

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Let’s face it: not all kids like to read. (I know — I was shocked too.) But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t read. Reading is important for children for many reasons; sometimes, they need a nudge in the right direction. Here are five ways to encourage your kids to read more.

Give Them Money for Every Book They Read

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It doesn’t have to be a lot of money per book, but the longer the book, the more money they should receive. For example, a chapter book should be worth more than a picture book. It should also be presented as an option rather than a chore, so your kid will be more likely — and willing — to go through with it.

Buy Books About Things They Like

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Kids are curious little creatures, and they’re interested in all sorts of things. But if there are a couple of things your child really loves, capitalize on that by buying books about that subject. Dinosaurs, cars, superheroes, unicorns, magic, whatever. All reading is educational, and they’ll be far more willing to read about something they love rather than being forced to read something they find boring.

Weekly Library Trips

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Being surrounded by books is a great way to encourage your child to read. It can be hard to find time, but even just an hour or so a week can really make a difference. Let them explore the library and see what interests them. Giving them this autonomy and freedom will make them more willing to try and read.

Bring a Book Rather Than an iPad

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Rather than bringing an iPad or a phone out to restaurants, car trips, doctors’ offices, etc., bring a book or five for your little one. It will keep them distracted, busy, and, best of all, quiet. Well, hopefully, quiet. But at least they’ll be reading, even if they’re noisy. Plus, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to charge it.

Create a Family Book Club

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Reading the same book with your kid and then discussing it can be a great way to get them engaged and excited about reading. You can do this as often as you’d like, and you can all take turns deciding which books to read—so long as they’re age-appropriate, of course. Getting everyone involved makes it a more fun and interactive experience.

Go out and help the world be more bookish!


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