Ways to in­spire a love of read­ing in chil­dren

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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.

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