Help Children Enjoy Reading

Here are a few tried-and-true guidelines on how to motivate kids to read

Let kids pick out their own books

Book choice is a strong motivation for readers young and old. Let kids pick out books at the library or bookstore. It's almost a sure thing they'll want to read them. If you pick them out, they won't. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

Set goals and reward reading

Reward reading with more reading, we've always said. Stop by the library or bookstore for the next book in your child's favourite series, or let your child shop for it online. Most kids agree, but they don't also see a problem with more… well, extrinsic rewards.

Read again and again

Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.

Bedtime stories

Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 

Ask questions

To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, 'What do you think will happen next?' or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’



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