Do you want your kids to grow into lifelong passionate readers?
One of our goals is to foster the love of reading in our children. Something that can be a bit challenging, since books are no longer one of the main source of entertainment available to our modern day kids.
We do love video games, but there is definitely an important space for books too. The question is, how do we get our kids to LOVE books?
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How to Raise Passionate Readers
When it comes to raising kids who are passionate readers there is a lot more than just buying them shelves full of wonderful books. As parents there is a lot more we can be doing to gently guide them towards a love of books.
Here are tips to get your kids started on a path to becoming passionate readers:
- Get them a library card– Library cards are like gold to book lovers. I remember going to the library as a young child and I still love to go today. E-books are a great resource, but there is something about going to the library and picking out books. It’s a free resource that not only has books, but also enriching book related activities for your children.
- Start Them Young– It’s never to early to start a reading routine with your little one. Try reading a children’s book, newspaper, or whatever you are reading to your infant. Trust me, they listen and enjoy hearing your voice. When they start getting older, supply them with engaging board books and read with them. Some of my favorite starter board books are from Karen Katz. Her series of baby board books are so colorful and engaging with lift-the-flap.
- Themed Story Times– Make reading fun with themed story times. Pick out a theme to go with the current season or an upcoming holiday. This could be paired with a craft or fun activity too. When we do this we usually request all our themed books from the library and pick up the stack to read together at home. Check out these themed story time ideas from Sammy Approves:
- Get Into Character– It may make you feel silly, but getting into character makes reading fun for your kids. Try doing different voices for each character. Trust me when I say the more engaging you are with your characters the more your kids will get into the story. When it comes to silly characters the sillier the better for foreign characters try a foreign accent.
- Create Fun and Magical Spaces to Read– Create a space in your home where your kids want to go and read. Maybe a reading tent or hammock next to a bookshelf in their room. Having a special place with books available will encourage reading in your own home.
- Let Their Likes Guide Them– Kids are growing into individuals with their own unique tastes. Have you ever bought your child a ton of books only to find they never read them? Instead of a dislike for reading they may just not like the content. Our son loves Pokemon and Minecraft. So, we try to get him exciting adventure and fantasy books. We also throw in a lot of books on Minecraft. There are also Pokemon chapter books and manga. This pulls him into reading, making him excited to go to the library or bookstore to pick out another Pokemon or Minecraft book.
- Create Real Life Book Experiences– Help your kids connect the books they are reading to real life experiences. You can do this by asking them questions while you read. Find out how they relate to the book or give them a real life example. With some books there are also opportunities to take them to real life locations to see where the book took place. Another way is to read a book that has a movie. While watching the movie ask your kids how it compared to the book.
What tips do you have for turning kids into lifelong readers? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!