How to Encourage Your Child to be an Avid Reader

There’s hardly any parent who’ll not love to have a kid that enjoys reading. However, not every child is particularly interested in reading, but if you’re creative enough, you can inspire a love of books in them.

1. Early Bedtime

This method has proved very effective for me when it comes to getting my own kids to read. It is called early bedtime trick.

You’re probably wondering how an increase in sleep equates increase in reading time. The trick is to make sure their bedtime is set 45 minutes to one hour before you turn off the lights.

Here’s our bedtime routine: The kids use the bathroom and brush their teeth, after which I read a story or two to them. All these takes place before their actual bedtime. Next, I give them two options. They can either go to bed or stay up a little longer to read.

More often than not, they choose to stay up and read. This way, I don’t even have to manipulate them or beg them to read, it is actually their choice. This is a great way to inspire your kids to fall in love with reading, and the great thing about it is that they actually think it’s their own idea. At this point I take a step back, I don’t even try to help them pick a book or give them instructions on what to do, I give them free reign. They get to read any book they like until their actual bedtime when I finally turn off the lights and give them their goodnight kiss. That’s not to say I won’t stay and read with them if they want me to, but I make sure it’s their choice. You should try it sometime, it works.

2. Incentives for summer reading

Practically every library in the country offers some kind of summer reading program or the other. However, if the library in your area does not have such a program, you can

actually create one in your home and offer your kids incentives for reading. This can be done in a number of ways; you can use either a monopoly board or life board and let the child move a space for every book he/she reads. Or you can spice it up a little by allowing the child to roll the dice for every book read with incentives for passing certain milestones.

Just make sure you offer attractive incentives. The incentive could be anything, from spending more time with you, to toys, it all depends on the things the kid values. Or you could offer the child a chance to skip certain household chores. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to make sure the child has fun.

3. The books should be read before watching the movie adaptation

I’ve actually made it a standard in my home. I don’t take my kids to see any movie until they’ve read the book. Its either I read it to them, or they read it on their own, but either way, they don’t get to see the movie until they’ve read the book. So if they want to see the next Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia movie, they can’t escape reading the book.