5 Ways to Get Your Child to Read More

5 Ways to Get Your Child to Read More

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By Lizzie Weakley

As a parent, you want your child to succeed in school and in life. Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the best ways to set them up for success. Unfortunately, getting kids to read can sometimes be a challenge. If your child is reluctant to pick up a book, try one of these five methods to get them interested in reading.

1. Read Together as a Family

One of the best ways to encourage your child to read is to set an example yourself. Make reading a family activity by reading together every night before bedtime. Not only will this create a bonding experience for you and your child, but it will also show them that reading is something that adults do too.

2. Take Them to the Library

A trip to the library can be a fun and educational outing for the whole family. Let your child pick out their own books to take home and read. This will give them a sense of ownership over their reading material and make them more likely to want to read it. Don’t discriminate against books they choose—even if it’s picture books.

This is a good start to forming a habit of reading! Encourage books of all sorts. Comic books like Humanoid Robot Comic Books, can be great because they have pictures and a good amount of text.

3. Encourage Them with Rewards

Children are often more willing to do something if they know they’ll be rewarded for it. Set up a reading reward system where your child gets a sticker or point for every book they read. When they reach a certain number of points, they can cash them in for a prize of their choosing.

This could be anything from an extra half hour of screen time to their favorite dessert. Just make sure the prize is something that your child will actually be excited about receiving.


4. Make It a Game

Reading doesn’t have to be boring! There are tons of games and apps out there that make reading fun for kids by incorporating elements of gameplay. Try downloading one of these onto your child’s tablet or smartphone and let them play while they read. They won’t even realize they’re learning!

5. Find Books on Their Level

If you’re struggling to get your child interested in reading, it might be because they’re trying to read books that are too difficult for them. Make sure you’re helping them find books at their level so they don’t get frustrated and give up altogether. The staff at your local bookstore or library can usually recommend some good options based on your child’s age and interests.

Encouraging your child to develop a love of reading is one of the best things you can do as a parent. It’s important for their success in school and in life, but sometimes getting kids interested in reading can be a challenge.

Try one of these five methods next time you’re struggling to get your little one to pick up a book: read together as a family, take them to the library, encourage them with rewards, make it a game, or find books on their level. With a little patience and effort, you’re sure to get your child hooked on reading in no time!

About the Author

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.

*Headshot courtesy of Lizzie Weakley


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