How can I help get my
child interested in reading?
Before I worked at the library, I was a teacher. I have taught a wide range of students at
various academic levels and abilities.
Keeping in mind my educational training was neither in special education
or reading. My educational training was
social studies. There are 1,001 labels that can be applied to students. To me there are three: struggling readers,
on the fence readers, and those who love to read.
I have no magic formula to move a struggler to a lover of reading.
However, I have some observations that you might find helpful or interesting.
1. Start small: read in everyday life with them. Things like billboards, street signs, movie
2. Focus on interests: they won’t love to read if they don’t
love what they are reading. If your
child loves robots get him books about robots.
3. Fun reading counts: magazines, comic books, subtitled
anime (a personal favorite), cookbooks, anything that requires your child to
read is….you guessed it reading.
4. Read with your child: this is important for very young children, but
this can be fun for older kids as well. Perhaps a read aloud is too childish
for older children, but you can get multiple copies of books and read separately
together (he he) and discuss the story with your child.
5. Audiobooks: this
isn’t cheating, I repeat this isn’t cheating! Whether your child is a
struggling reader or not audiobooks are a good way to incorporate reading into
your everyday life. Choose a book you
will both enjoy and play it on a family vacation or on the ride to school.