Tips for Encouraging your Children to Read
Create a Family Reading Time
Each evening, set some time aside for your children to see all members of the family reading. Discuss what you are reading whether it be a newspaper article or a good novel.
As children get older and can read for themselves, we often stop reading to them. People of all ages enjoy and can benefit from being read to. Reading to an older child is often a good way to get him "into" a challenging book that he might now otherwise try.*
Visit Book Places
As part of your family outings, visit libraries and book stores and "window shop". Look for notices of author visits and book signings. Buy autographed books.
Remember your Flood Book
Keep paperback books in the car just in case you are "stuck". A book that helps you survive a long boring wait is sure to become a best friend.
See the Movie
Make the media work for you. Promise your child that you will go see the movie after the family has read the book. Then compare. Or, if necessary, see the movie first and then read the book to get the real story!
Extend your child's bedtime as long as she uses the time to read. Lights are out at 8:30 p.m., unless she wants to read until 9:00 p.m. (Buy your child a flashlight to keep by her bed for safety. Every once in a while, pretend that you don't notice that flashlight under the covers!)