Ways to inspire a love of reading in children
Always make reading a fun family thing to do but stop reading when they have had enough.
Find books from a range of places – libraries, book fairs, second-hand shops or ask friends or whanau if they have any they no longer need.
Show your child how useful reading can be. Look for letters and words everywhere and discuss them.
Be a role model. Let your child see you reading often – this helps your child see that reading is important.
When a story has repeated words, leave time at the end of the sentence for your child to say the words themselves. Let them add their own words by using the pictures as a guide. Give them time. Talk about the picture and about what might happen next.
Praise their efforts and contributions – whatever they are. Make reading fun. Keep them interested. Children are likely to enjoy reading if it’s about a topic that interests them. Encourage your child’s interests by sourcing reading material.
Take them to the library and help them to choose books.