Getting children to read

I personally think it is very important to have children love to read. I loved to read as a child and I think it helped me an immense amount through my school and educational career. I wanted to take a little time to share some ideas and resources that help to aid teaching children to read. Anybody can do these with kids, but it’s mainly for parents. I thought they were simple and a great way to encourage children to read with out rewarding them with gifts for reading or nagging them, but to help them find fun in reading.

  1. Read to them early on in their life, and keep reading to them
  2. Set aside time to read with them, aloud or just together, during the week
  3. Fill their rooms with books, leaving reading materials laying around for them to find (especially in the bathroom! LOL)
  4. Get them a library card and take them to visit the library regularly, even just to walk around and browse
  5. Let them see you reading
  6. Let them read ANYTHING – comic books, magazines, cartoons, etc.
  7. Show them the usefulness of reading – recipes, directions, road signs, instructions, etc.
  8. Ask them about what they are reading and share your thoughts on what you are reading
  9. Let them read as long as they want
  10. Play reading-related or word games for fun
  11. Find books that match their interests
  12. Encourage them finding new books
  13. Find fun books to read in between the more serious reads – joke books, comics, riddles, or a funny story or newspaper article

Here are some links that review these ideas and offer other topics of interest you may want to look into:

If you don’t have children or want to help other children around the world, here are a few charities I found that help getting books to children.

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First Book – http://www.firstbook.org/

First Book is determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, can achieve more in school and in life through access to an ongoing supply of new books. With the help of our partners, donors and dedicated volunteers we have provided more than 125 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need. Yet millions of children are still waiting for our help. Together we can make a difference in children’s lives. Together we can provide new books and critical resources that elevate the quality of education for children in low-income families. – See more at: http://www.firstbook.org/get-involved#sthash.wzr5FJ1X.dpuf

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Books for Kids – http://www.booksforkids.org/

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.

Books for Kids was created in 1986 by a group of New Yorkers who recognized that children who do not have adequate access to books must surmount enormous disadvantages when entering school.

What began as an informal project to collect and distribute 1,000 books to needy children for the holidays quickly took on much greater dimensions when we gave away 2,000 books in the first year and 9,000 in the next. It was clear to our founders that an organization providing access to age-appropriate books for low-income children with little or no resources was desperately needed.

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Pajama Program – http://www.pajamaprogram.org/

Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares – sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.

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2 thoughts on “Getting children to read

  1. Avid readers become lifelong learners.Book ownership is an important ingredient in becoming an avid reader. Can’t afford books? There are free books online for all ages. For new readers or those learning English, try http://www.UniteforLiteracy.com. This library has 150 books in English that are also narrated in English and in up to 30 other languages. Older kids? Try the International Children’s Digital Library at http://en.childrenslibrary.org/. These online libraries and a dozen others complement a neighborhood or local library to ensure that no child or new reader, regardless of family circumstances, has to be without a book.

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  2. Amazing post! I am a mother of three, I always try to set time aside so that we can read a bedtime story and I try to take them to library as much as possible. My love of reading was sparked by my mom so I make sure my children see me reading. They recently started asking for books and trips to the library. I enjoy seeing them enjoy reading as much as I do.

    Tina, The Bookworm

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