In an era where social media and the internet are dominant, kids – in particular teenagers – spend more time in front of a computer or glued to a mobile device than they do reading books. The trend is rather alarming, especially since even online readers now have shorter attention spans and prefer short-form articles.
Reading can be both fun and informational, and encouraging children to love reading is not as difficult as you think. We spoke to some experts on the matter and here are the things you can try to encourage kids to foster a love of reading.
The Right Books
One of the first things to explore when you’re trying to encourage kids to read more is the books they can choose to read. There are so many genres and titles that kids can read, so it is not difficult to find books they actually like to begin with.
Certain titles work better with younger children, while other genres are geared towards teenagers and older readers. The newly discovered Dr. Seuss books, as reported by lighthousenewsdaily.com, works particularly well to get younger kids excited. There is something about Dr. Seuss books that is so enjoyable.
Nothing beats reading a physical book, an actual print; the feeling is enjoyable on its own. That said, kids may not be as interested as older readers when it comes to reading hard copies. A good way to get around this obstacle is by introducing children to digital books.
Almost all book publishers release their titles in digital forms. Finding a digital copy for your children’s Kindle or tablet isn’t difficult at all. Even better, you save by buying the digital version rather than prints, plus it is easier to store digital books.
Experts believe that children are more interested in reading when they are used to having their parents read to them from a very young age. That habit of listening to stories before bedtime converts better to a love of reading when the children are old enough to read on their own.
The same approach can be used to get kids to enjoy reading at an older age. Pick a book that you and your children like, and you then share certain parts of the day to read to each other.
The one thing to avoid when you want to encourage your kids to read more is pressure. As soon as reading becomes a stressful, unpleasant thing to do for kids, getting them to read more becomes even more difficult.
You want to maintain a fun ambiance and turn reading into a pleasure for them. Suggest titles, help your children overcome difficulties when they are learning to read, and simply be there to share the reading time – and the experience – whenever possible. Having light conversations about the books you and the kids are reading helps too.
With these tips in mind, encouraging kids to foster a love of reading will not be difficult. Reading is naturally fun and kids will love exploring stories and new topics as they enjoy reading more and more.