Tips to help children enjoy reading
CAN’T get your kids to pick up a book? There are many reasons that lie behind a child’s aversion to books but with a bit of thought, you can lead your child into the wonderful world of literature.
Lead by example. Reading is a habit and like habits it is best picked up from the people around them.
If parents and older siblings don’t read, little kids can pick the message that reading is dull.
Pick something fun. Telling kids that reading will make them clever, increase their school marks or guarantee them a better job in later life isn’t really an incentive.
Make reading a fun activity by picking up books that entertain rather than educate or moralise.
Match books to interests. A book that doesn’t appeal is a chore to get through – even if you’re an adult. Stimulate your child into wanting to read the next page by picking a book that appeals.
If you have a young Harry Potter film fan, you’ve got a natural match in the bookshop.
Think audio books. Listening to books is a great way to ease little ones who are still learning to read, kids who are dyslexic and reluctant readers into terrific stories.
There are limited numbers of audio books in shops but you can find some terrific tales online for free.
Two excellent starting points that offer free downloads are archive.org and kidsaudiobooks. co.uk
If parents and older siblings don’t read, young children might think that reading is dull. — AFP