These are four words I never want to utter. I don’t have kids and I don’t plan on it either but if I did I would never want to have a kid who hated reading. Can you imagine? A librarian who has a child who doesn’t like books? It’s probably inevitable now that I’ve said it out loud. If it ever does happen I will take comfort in this list of 10 tips for parents who have children who hate to read. Read the link for suggestions on how to implement beyond the tip.
- Establish a reading routine.
- Establish a library routine (yes, please!)
- Forget about progress.
- Withhold judgement. This one is so important!
- Try nonfiction.
- Set an example. Also, so important!
- Read aloud. Check out this other article about why reading aloud to older kids is so important.
- Read to discuss.
- Try audio books.
- Create a positive reading environment. My father-in-law has a dedicated reading room, and chair, in his house. It’s as if he physically can’t read anywhere other than there.
There are lots of other lists like this also.
8 ways to DIScourage reading! Don’t do these things!
Lastly, tips to foster great readers.