How can you keep children reading books? Kids tend to really dislike reading and it can be quite a difficult task to get them into opening books!
But reading is essential. Reading not only increases children’s vocabulary and literacy skills. Many expert studies have shown and proven that reading also has an effect on the brain and actually increases children’s intelligence. Children who read often and who enjoy reading also tend to do well in school and become more intelligent and successful individuals later in life.
Reading therefore is very important and parents can play a key role in keeping their children reading books. They can help them feel comfortable with books and make them enjoy spending hours reading and exploring a book. That’s why a child’s bedroom should always contain many books especially ones designed for children. Kids should be able to easily pick a book and explore it in their bedroom.
Parents should encourage children to read from an early age. Even toddlers can be introduced to reading with picture books. There are many beautiful picture books that children can really enjoy and that can help them develop a love for reading early on. Parents can explore them with their kids and pictures are ideal before bedtime.
How should parents read a picture book? When reading a picture book, parents should change the tone of their voice and read clearly and slowly so that the toddler understands the book. Parents should not hesitate to read the same story over and over again especially if the toddler likes it.
For older children, parents should not hesitate to get quality comic books for their kids. There are actually excellent comic books available that are instructive, well-written and that can get children into developing a taste for reading. Children’s encyclopedias can also encourage kids to read and they can also help with the schoolwork. Children’s encyclopedias are actually fantastic educational books, they are designed specifically for children and they keep children reading books. They are ideal fo children as they contain lots of images and are easy to read.
Parents shouldn’t hesitate also to get books specifically designed for children and that contain crossword puzzles, analogies and decoding messages. There are also books that can help children improve language skills, increase their vocabulary and have them learn interesting facts from cross-curricular topics.