10 great tips on how to motivate your children to read!
6 October 2019
The books you read and loved as a child might not be
interesting enough for your kids, especially in this fast-paced digital world
we now live in. If you’re keen to encourage a love of books in your family
home, here are 10 great tips on how to motivate your children to read.
Never a bad word has been said about Roald
Dahl’s books or those of Judy Blume – and quite rightly so! But your kids may
still rather read comics, fact books or something else entirely. The most
important thing is not what the children read, but that they actually read.
If you need some advice on how to motivate
reading, here are ten bookish tips for you:
Don’t pick out the first book you see that ‘looks good’; compile a small selection of books based on your children’s hobbies. It’ll show them you care and also peak their interest.
Be it comic book, fact book or novel; reading is fun when the material is interesting. Some kids enjoy pictures and illustrations; others are content with just words. Why not offer a variety of different books to see if your kids take an interest in something they wouldn’t have normally?
Offer children ways of accessing new literature by paying a visit to your local library or bookshop or by downloading our Pickatale app.
Show interest in the books your children read. Why not read the beginning of the book yourself and talk to your kids about it.
Read aloud to – and with – the children, or listen to an audiobook together. It’s great quality time for you and you’ll also be able to help your little ones develop their reading skills.
Switch between reading words and listening to audio in the Pickatale app, so your children can experience storytelling in different ways.
Show that you enjoy reading yourself. Adults are important role models to children and if they see that you love to read then it will positively affect them.
Choose age-appropriate books so young readers can find more in common with the characters they’re getting to know.
Encourage reading outside of school. Create fun reading challenges while on holiday or during the weekend such as ‘how many books do you think you can read?’
Talk about what you think was most interesting in what you read in a book, in a magazine, on the internet, in a newspaper or on a cereal box. Great conversations can happen when reading is experienced together!