Reading can be such a wonderful thing. It can open up a whole new world of possibilities and adventure. Opening a book is like opening your mind. It is essential to encourage your child read. Books teach children how to use their imagination, as well as enhance their learning. Books are also a great way parents can bond with their children. I made sure I included a bedtime story in my son's routine so that his imagination can grow. It is my favorite time of the night, especially when he tries to read back to me (my son is 3).
But what do you do if your child isn't interested in reading or if you aren't sure what books are right for them?
First, don't fret. Below are some great tips on how to encourage your child to read.
Let Your Child Choose
A great way to encourage your child to read is to let them choose which books they would like to read or be read to. Guessing what your child might like doesn't always work (unless they are an infant). Put your child in front of a few selections and let them pick up what catches their eye. You can even take them to your local bookstore and let them browse around. Making them a part of the decision makes it a lot more fun and exciting to them.
Let Your Child Read
Even if your child doesn't know how to-- let them read! My son loves telling me what he thinks the words say and I love hearing the excitement in my son's voice as he "reads" me the book. Letting your child read, if they want to, encourages them to learn. You can also help them read it to you. Sound out the words, point out pictures and ask them questions.
Repeat Your Child's Favorite Stories
You will notice the more you read with a child the more they favor a certain story. Encourage their enthusiasm by reading that story every night if they want. It doesn't matter if they heard it fifty times, they love it and that's all that matters. If your child doesn't have a favorite yet then read a handful of the same books. You don't want to overwhelm them. Just pick 3 to 4 books and alternate them each night.
Sign Up for a Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are an exciting and fun way to encourage your child to read. He/She will enjoy getting that special box in the mail each month and will be anxious to see what gifts are inside. A great subscription box service is Book Box Club for Kids by Usborne Books. What is Usborne?
"You will find Usborne and Kane Miller books the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read. Enjoy browsing through the almost 2000 bright colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects."
-- Usborne Books Website
Here is how they work: you go online and create your wishlist. you pick the price that YOU want to pay, and then you receive a custom made box just for you and your child! Their prices are affordable and the content is a lot of fun. It also saves you the trip of going to the bookstore
Are you ready to start your Usborne experience? Get in touch with Alyssa Adcox, Usborne Consultant, to get all of your questions answered and to make sure your box is customized just the way you like it! You can find her at www.facebook.com/ubamwithalyssa. You can also check out her blog www.bookbuzz.org where she features some of the books you could be receiving.
Overall, reading books to your child is so important and super fun. There are many ways to encourage your child to read, you just have to find the right one for you and your child.