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Help Your Child Love to Read

Updated on June 7, 2010

Reading is an essential part of life. It is the single most important thing for young children to learn to do. Unfortunately it can be difficult for many kids and this makes it hard to like. Many children don't like to read and don't want to learn how. Even once they technically know how, it can still be frustrating and boring to many kids. I truly hope that your children love to read, but if they don't, use these tips to help them develop a love for reading.

  1. Make your home a reading home. Have books, magazines and newspapers around just waiting to be read. Let your child see you reading. Talk about what you have learned from your reading. This will let them know that reading is interesting and fun.
  2. Get age appropriate books. Your child needs to have books that are the right level for them or it will be either too difficult for them (this will make them want to give up) or too easy for them (this can get boring). The library is a great place to get the right books for your child for free. If you want to purchase books inexpensively check out garage sales or EBay.
  3. Find books that interest your child. If your child likes Franklin, then get Franklin books. If he likes cartoons, there are plenty of illustrated books that tell stories in a comic book format. My boys love these books. Don't just get books that look good to you. Put aside what you think about a character or type of book (within reason) and get books your child will like.
  4. Read to them. The first step in teaching your child to read is to read to them. This helps them make the connection between written words and spoken words and thoughts. Run your finger along under the words so children will get the idea of how a book is read. Even once they know how to read you can still read aloud to them. They can listen to a story that is above their reading level and still enjoy it and understand it.
  5. Sign up for reading programs. In the summer time many libraries and book stores offer reading programs that allow children to earn prizes and books just for reading. Every kid I have ever known has loved these programs.
  6. Provide an incentive. When a child is struggling to learn to read, reading can seem like a chore. They can't truly enjoy the book because they are trying to figure out the words and it can go very slowly. By keeping track and providing incentives for them to keep going will not only help them learn to read better, but it will make reading more fun. It doesn't have to be much. Maybe a special dessert at the end of each week that they read every day and possibly a new book at the end of the month.

Reading is so important and will benefit your child for their entire life. Not only that, but it is essential to survive in the US. Helping your child love reading will make their life easier and more fun. Open up a world of information and fun by making reading fun.


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    • aoiffe379 profile image

      aoiffe379 7 years ago

      What I have discovered is that many children are proficent at calling words; but they have no clue concerning their meaning.Thus, many children are deficient in comprehension and application of the words they read.It is important to ask children questions to determine how well they have 'read'. Reading to children is an excellent idea as it encourages sharing/discussion of ideas and sparks curiosity. Thanks for a good hub.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I have always loved to read & that has never been an issue, but one of my younger brothers has struggled with enjoying reading. We spent more time reading aloud to him & giving him easy-to-read books & that eventually paid off.

      I think you've got some great advice here. You've written an excellent hub. :)

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      Greatlife 7 years ago

      Puts everything in perspective, a very practical hub and important advice. Thanks for sharing.

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, I used to use some of the techniques when I used to teach and they worked very well.... If ur interested in education u mite find this interesting,

      and since ur a mom, im sure ur feedback would be from a very experienced perspective =)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      My mom used to read to us all the time. Out home was filled with books. I did the same thing with my son. We love to read!

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      OnlineHub 7 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      What a helpful article on how to Help Your Child Love to Read, thanks for sharing. It truly deserves a 5* rating and recommendation!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I used to love reading with my son. I realy loved it. Thank for your encouranging hub for other.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      I just read in the last day or two that children from homes where there are lots of books do better in almost everything than children from homes where there are no or few books. This according to a scientific study.

      I love reading and books and simply can't imagine life without them! Luckily my youngest is getting into reading and will devour anything that is appropriate to her age (eight) and sometimes not!

      Thanks for this awesome and useful Hub.

      Love and peace