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How to Make Your Child Love Reading Books

Updated on March 5, 2013
Books develop imagination
Books develop imagination

Here is the opinion of many psychologists: children need to read more, because books develop their imagination. In cartoons, films and computer games the images of the characters are already created by an artist. The child does not need to imagine, compose or invent. As a result, children who have been brought up with the help of this kind of easy information cannot develop any visual thinking. A book is another pair of shoes. As children read, this makes their imagination work. Beyond every word the image is created by their own mind. However, to get the taste of reading one needs to have a habit to do so. It is the parents' task to develop this skill. Here are a few methods suggested by pedagogues.

Method of moderate reading

Show interest to the plot of the book that your little one is actually reading. Ask your child to read at least one paragraph before going to sleep. In the morning, ask about the events that took place in that paragraph. This is so intriguing, isn’t it?

Why does it work?

  • A child is happy to do something for an adult who shares the same interests.
  • The last events of the day are fixed in emotional memory which means that evening readings will become a habit. It is important not to exhaust your child, though.

A child is happy to do something for an adult who shares the same interests
A child is happy to do something for an adult who shares the same interests

Method of Lev Kassil

Start reading an interesting book to your child and when you arrive to a cliffhanger, stop reading. Say that you have an urgency and leave. If the child is interested, he or she will continue reading. Prevent anyone from the family from helping him or her.

Why does it work?

  • Intrigued by the plot, the child does not realize involvement in reading, and when the awareness comes, evidence is this becomes an easy task.
  • By doing the same thing as the adult, the child feels like an adult.

Start reading an interesting book to your child and when you arrive to a cliffhanger, stop reading. Say that you have an urgency and leave. If the child is interested, he or she will continue reading.
Start reading an interesting book to your child and when you arrive to a cliffhanger, stop reading. Say that you have an urgency and leave. If the child is interested, he or she will continue reading.


Role-play the situations from the familiar books: "Look, what a huge puddle! Looks like tears of Alice..." From time to time, quote a book that has been read and ask the child to continue the quote: “Humpty- Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty-Dumpty had a …” If the child reacts quickly, praise him or her: "Good job! You are so well-informed!"

Why does it work?

  • A game is a good situation for any kind of teaching.
  • A child understands that to have erudition is a good thing and tries to read more.

Suggest your child an idea to write a book
Suggest your child an idea to write a book

Method of "Writing a Book"

Suggest your child an idea to write a book. Buy a notebook; help to decide what the new story is about. Tell that every story must have a miraculous adventure and a happy end. And drawings, of course!

Why does it work?

  • The new occupation will absorb the child, and the book will become a close friend.
  • As the kid becomes an author, he or she will show interest to the authorship of the writers, plots of their stories and will begin to read more.

Reading begins with ABC


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    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      6 years ago from Russia

      MarieAlana1, thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience. I'm happy for your kids. Apparently, they have a very loving and caring mother!

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      Marie Alana 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      I really like this little hub. I like the cliffhanger idea and the method on writing a book. That is very cool! I love to role play books with my children and to really get into the book. It is a ton of fun. I am a firm believer that parents should read to their children every night before they go to bed. Even when the children get older, it is an important thing for the parent to share in the reading experience before bed each night by sharing a book with them no matter who is doing the reading or talking about it.

    • avorodisa profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Sidorova 

      7 years ago from Russia

      jainismus, I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for reading:)

      dinkan53, how right you are about the role of parents! Thank you for sharing:)

      Mohammad.Wasim, what a profound comment! I love your comparison with trees. Thank you!

      myownlife, your feedback is precious.

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      7 years ago from london

      Wow great idea and really useful for both parents and children, once you make their habit of reading, writing, it would be children daily routine.


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      7 years ago

      After the birth of a child, the parents only the primary provider of awaking interest of the child towards the books. If parents use to read books and provide interesting short stories books and read it on the bed before going to sleep. This is the excellent way to create primarily interest of a child. A day comes when the child brings or suggest to the parents to read this and that book.

      Parents use to go with child in libraries. The atmosphere will be very helpful of awaking interest , liking books, searching slowly the interesting books. When once the interest of reading books will be developed. The children mind and way of thinking will be developed fastelly. Involvements of parents and investing more times with children in playing , reading books and providing books which creates more interest in reading will be the excellent way of perceiving and diverting the attention towards reading and obtaining vast knowledge. Once a love comes in reading books. It will never be stopped .

      It is like a small trees. In the beginning the gardener have to provide protection with the help of sticks to grow up straight a certain stage and after that the tree do not need any help to go up straight.

      Encouraging child's growth in reading books and after a certain specific stage you do not need to share any more.

      Liking of reading books will be developing more and more automatically.

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      7 years ago from India

      Parents play an important role in encouraging child's growth in reading skills. As reading is a key for success, children must be interested in reading. You provided some excellent suggestions and worth enough to share with my followers. Voted up and useful too.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      7 years ago from Pune, India

      Well written, useful Hub, thank you for sharing the tips.


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