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How to Encourage Kids to Read
Start with these strategies to encourage kids to read. Remember, when you build enjoyable reading habits with your family, you’ll help kids associate reading with pleasure, which will inspire them to read on their own. Need more advice? Explore more resources and guides below!
Find a time to read when you can both relax and enjoy it – try bedtime, nap time, snack time, after dinner.
Get comfortable. Find a cozy spot to read and make sure the TV and other distractions are off.
Read the book or story yourself before you read it to your child. Tell your child why you love it.
If your child doesn’t like a book, switch to another. If he or she isn’t in the mood, stop reading and try again later.
Go to the library with your children regularly. Ask the librarian to recommend books and book lists. Get your children their own library cards.
Build a home collection of books. Shop at garage and book sales. Trade books with friends.
You don’t have to be a great reader, just read from the heart.
Make it fun. It’s not a lesson, so avoid quizzing.
Talk about the stories with your child, but don’t ask questions.
Encourage your children to look at books on their own. Let them take books to bed and read themselves to sleep.
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