How can one motivate children to read books instead of playing video games all the time?
The best way to encourage children to read books and not play video games is to limit video games, but more than that the parent should be caught reading books and magazines. Reading to kids a young age and continuing to reading to them helps too, From my limited experience, no TV makes more of a difference than no video games
I used to read to my children. Make it a special time with cuddling, maybe milk and cookies, etc. depending on the age of the child. I would make all the voices of the characters different and use my voice to make the story interesting. I would also ask questions at appropriate times. When the hero(ine) is in danger, questions such as "What do you think will happen next?" will help involve the child in the story.
It does tend to depend on the age of the child. For younger children, reading to them or with them will help. However, older children often get caught up with technology....yet, this doesn't need to be a on/off situation. Many ebooks are available, there are interactive ebooks where the child chooses the outcome (very addictive) and even gadgets like Kindle which make reading a book seem that little bit 'cooler'. You could also try games where they have to read the plot and make decisions, although it is not a book, it involves a lot of reading ;-) (often foreign games will have English text no spoken English).
Make the alphabets larger, more pictures and a quiz page after so many chapters seems to acquire more attention.
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