I am a librarian – qualified at that.
Therefore I know the power of a good book, and a good read, both for myself and for my kids. There is nothing more satisfying than burying your nose in a book; unless its encouraging your kids to bury their noses in a book…getting kids reading is a passion of mine.
From a very early age it is important to encourage our children to read, it makes such a difference to their successes in life, and their enjoyment of that life too. We have written on the blog ourselves about encouraging kids to read, specifically around eBooks, but there are many other ways we can get our kids to pick up a book and have fun – even from as young as toddlers. In fact, we can read books to our babies as well, we did; my daughter was “reading” with us at six months. She had a favourite book even then….
My five top tips are:
- Start them young
- Let them lead
- Link books to other activities, from crafts to maths and everything else in between
- Join a local library as early as you can
- Don’t be afraid to use technology to aid your reading journey, don’t be afraid of it, use it to compliment the “real” books.
I am sure that many of you have already seen resources, or written posts on this too – why not share them with us in this list below? I shall tweet, pin and spread the love for anything on my Parenting Tips board:
I shall also pin to my Books for kids board too. I have over 74,000 followers so help to give you all some great exposure:
Be lovely if you can grab the badge for the posts you link up, but you don’t have to at all:
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So, without further ado, let’s get kids reading!