Even though it’s summer holidays, my girls enjoy spending time everyday curled up in a comfy spot reading. They enjoy reading both alone and and together and there is nothing they love more than having myself or their dad read a chapter or two in a classic book before bed.
I do not consider my girls “bookworms”. Although they read daily, they are not like me where I could read an entire day away. It took my 9 year old finding a book series she really loved for her to not complain about reading daily – if you have children who are not natural book lovers, here are some tips to help grow their interest in reading.
- Let them choose: Part of the fun for kids is being able to pick what they’re going to read. Get them excited about new stories by allowing them to explore different authors and genres.
- Establish a routine: Carve out a set time every day to take a break with a book. Kids will come to anticipate this special activity and will look forward to your time together.
- Set goals and rewards: Motivate kids with rewards for reaching reading milestones. Whether it’s purchasing the next instalment in a beloved series or going to a live book event, they’ll be that much more excited to keep going.
- Recap the story: Once you finish a book together, talk about it! Revisit the major events, pictures and themes, and engage your child further by drawing parallels between the story and their life.
- Lead by example: Your kids are more likely to become passionate about reading if they see you doing it regularly. If you always have something to read on you, they’ll realize it’s a great way to pass the time.
My girl started to have fun reading when she found the right ones. The books that really got her interested in reading were the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot books and the My Weird School books. I was completely shocked by those books. She is a very quite girl, she plays violin and has a very generous heart. The fact that she liked robot books and silly books were not at all what I thought she would love. I’m glad I gave her the opportunity to choose her own books instead of just getting her books I assumed she would like. Her reading level improved when she found books she loved.
Books my girls have on their wishlist
- Any of the My Weird School books
- Ivy and Bean (book 1)
- Judy Moody’s Mini-Mysteries and Other Sneaky Stuff for Super-Sleuths
- Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Nightcrawlers From Neptune (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #8) – on pre-order
- Horse Diaries #1: Elska
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