In our highly technical age, we are all aware that the love of books and reading takes more effort to build in our children than it used to. There are so many other things that compete for their time that reading gets pushed aside. Renaissance Learning published a great resource listing ways you can encourage your kids to love reading:
- Read to and with your child every day.
- Make reading meaningful.
- Dedicate time to read as a family.
- Show your child how much you love to read.
- Set up a reading area in your home.
- Let your child choose the books of interest.
- Pair books with activities your child enjoys.
- Visit the library often.
- Revisit the books you loved as a child.
- Practice writing with letters to family members.
- End every day with a bedtime story.
- Celebrate your child’s success.
You can download the detailed list here.
You can also take every opportunity to involve your kids in library programs. It’s a step beyond just taking them to get books. Most libraries have regularly scheduled storytimes as well as special events throughout the year. Many libraries also offer reading programs in the summer and some even during the school year. Check with the children’s librarian at your local library to find out what is available to you.