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How To Encourage A Love Of Reading In Children

Updated on November 9, 2012

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Inspiring a Love of Reading

I suppose I could say that my love of reading and my love of books has come from my Dad. One of my fondest memories of my childhood is my bedtime stories. Religously every night before I went to bed, my dad read me a story. As I got older I was often caught under the covers with a torch and a book as I begged to be allowed to read 'just one more chapter'. By the time I reached the age of 12 I had read through every book in the house!

When children read they have the opportunity feed their imagination and to be carried away to unknown places. A timid child can imagine that they are the hero and a lonely child can be surrounded by friends as they become involved in the story. Books can also open the gateway to learning teaching the child about subjects that they are interested in. It can introduce the child to ideas and circumstances beyond his/her own experience which can be of particular benefit if facing a new situation such as a trip to the hospital or a death in the family. Reading offers endless enjoyment and satisfaction.

A good starting pointing for encouraging reading and a love of books is to share stories with our babies and small children at home. It is interesting how many parenting books encourage reading to our children as part of strengthening our bond with them. So there are obviously benefits beyond the reading itself in installing the bedtime story into your evening routine. While it’s never too early to read to your child, don’t forget also that it’s never too late either – even confident readers enjoy being read to.

The benefits of reading to young children

  • · Books help to increase vocabulary
  • · Books Encourage concentration
  • · Books extend imagination
  • · Books Increase the child’s knowledge of the world around them
  • · Reading to the child helps to strengthen the relationship between the adult and child
  • · Reading to the child develops an interest in reading books

Favouite Pre-school books.

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo

A favourite with every three year old, this book is sure to get the imagination going!

 

Types of books available for young children

• Picture books – wordless for the very young with increasing amounts of text as the child gets older

• Collections of nursery rhymes and poetry

•Alphabetand counting books

• Board books, flap books and pop-up books – especially for the very young

• Simple illustrated information books

• Collections of short stories – these can be a great way to discover new/different writers whose stories really appeal to your child

• Simple dictionaries and word books

Books for the Early Reader

• Picture books – though text becomes increasingly important as a child becomes a more confident reader, picture books continue to be very important for them.

• Information books with attractive illustrations

• Humorous poetry and rhyme books,

• Books of jokes

• Simple Reference books – encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesaurus, etc.

• Magazines

• Biography / autobiography

Fiction – collections of short stories, plays, short novels, “classics” (become important from about the age of 8), books offering a range of themes including fantasy, science fiction, history, animals, school

• Series Fiction – this type of fiction tends to be very popular with the 6 – 10 years olds. Books in a given series will usually be of similar length and structure so that if a child is able for the first book, he/she will usually manage the whole series with a corresponding increase in confidence.

Ideas to Encourage A Love of Reading

  • Keep a good selection of reading materials in your home. This can include magazines, books, cookbooks, basically anything that will capture a child's interest in reading
  • Set aside a regular time to read with your children.
  • Make a habit of reading yourself and do this in front of your children.
  • Encourage older children to read to younger children.
  • Join the library and encourage children to select books that interest them. Make this a regular outing.
  • Keep books for different seasons or time of year ie I have a selection of books that come out at Christmas time each year.

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      mathair 6 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you vocalcoach. My latest hangout with my children is the local library as I can not keep up with the amount of books that they read each week!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A wonderful and inspiring hub. You have helped so many parents by sharing this information. Voted UP, useful, interesting and awesome!

      vocalcoach~

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      htodd 7 years ago from United States

      Really ,Awesome ,Thanks for the post

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      Ruatte 7 years ago from Myanmar(Burma)

      very inspiring hub, I wish i had at least a child to teach the love of reading.

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      mathair 7 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you neakin. I agree with you. My almost 5 year old is learning to read at the moment and my 3 year old often sits with her book and copies exactly what she sees her big sister doing!

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      neakin 7 years ago

      Awesome Hub! I have a 3 year old who is already able to recognize some words and I think that it is due to the fact that she takes everything in while my 8 year old and I are reading together. You should see our library! Thanks for sharing!

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      mathair 7 years ago from Ireland

      Thank you Marwan asmar. I do firmly believe that being able to read opens up so many opportunities. I think that it is our job as adults to make books so interesting that the child cant wait to read them for themselves!

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      Marwan Asmar 7 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Very good hub. Children must learn to read quickly to make a success of their future...........

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