Helping Children Love to Read

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The Keys To Helping Children Love to Read: 

The Keys To Helping Children Love to Read Information Compiled by Mindy Clark Presented by Maria Jenkins March 20, 2003

Reasons Why Children Do Not Like To Read: 

Reasons Why Children Do Not Like To Read Reading is boring. Reading is not active. Reading takes too much time out of my busy schedule. Reading means you have to sit still and not do anything. Books are too long.

Reasons Why Children Like to Read: 

Reasons Why Children Like to Read Books are fun. Books are exciting. Reading shows intelligence. Reading gives you something to do. Reading helps expand knowledge and imagination. Books help me to be more creative. Reading teaches me about different lives and different places in the world. I learn new vocabulary when I read books.

From Where Do Avid ReadersCome?: 

From Where Do Avid Readers Come? Avid readers acquire their love of reading at home, from their parents. No teacher can pass along a passion for books the way a loving mother or father can. Good readers remember cozy bedtime stories, sharing books with friends and siblings, and , most importantly, the freedom and encouragement to read whatever they wanted to. (Mary Leonhardt, author)

All Children Are Different: 

All Children Are Different All children are different and what works for one child may not work for another. Know your child! Anything to do with reading or writing has to be fun. If you tune into your child’s interests and passions, you’ll be able to develop your own strategies for giving him a lifelong love of reading. This could be the best gift your ever give your child. (Mary Leonhardt)

The Age of Wonder: Three to Five: 

The Age of Wonder: Three to Five What a magical age! Children at this age are willing to curl up with you for story time, play pretend games centered around books or practice early writing skills by drawing. It is important at this age for your child to love anything to do with books, so don’t push anything on them. Early reading skills come later.

What Can I Do From Three To Five?: 

What Can I Do From Three To Five? Put on a teddy bear picnic in the park or back yard and bring along teddy bear books for when everyone is tired. Foods that bears like will heighten the curiosity of the children too. Designate a comfy corner near where the family congregates and name it 'Matthew’s Reading Corner.' Decorate a box to hold books for the child and add a pillow and some favorite pals. Speak in silly rhymes. Make up simple lists and let your child mark off words as they are attended to. Gradually add more words.

Three to Five…: 

Three to Five… Help your child guess which letters the words for common objects start with. Label furniture and objects around the house with colorful name tags to help with word recognition. Make reading special with costumes and role playing. Read 'predictable' books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear or The Napping House.

The Age of Discovery:Six to Eight: 

The Age of Discovery:Six to Eight This is a really exciting time, the years when most children begin reading on their own. Make sure they have plenty of really easy reading material around. Make them feel like they are great readers. Encouragement is very important at this age. Celebrate their literary milestones. This sends a very important message to your child. Allow your child to transition from picture books to chapter books gradually. Visual children will keep picture books around for a while and that is okay.

What Can I Do From Six To Eight?: 

What Can I Do From Six To Eight? Use books to build hobbies. By choosing one of your child’s favorite activities and planning a book activity around it, you show your child that books are a great way to learn more about the things he loves. Write down your child’s stories. To get your child actively involved in the world of words, let them dictate little stories that you help make into books. Let your child illustrate their books.

Six to Eight…: 

Six to Eight… Let your child help you write a shopping list. Let your child distribute the mail to everyone in the house. Point out signs as you go about your day. Let your child create a menu for the meal you are preparing. Ask older children to read picture books to their younger siblings. Listen to audio books in the car. Read to your child often and listen to your child read to you. Talk to your child about what they are reading.

The Age of Adventure: Nine to Ten: 

The Age of Adventure: Nine to Ten Many children are into series books and category fiction,such as mystery and fantasy, by this age. Be aware that this is the age when children are also submerged in organized activities and reading can very easily be crowded out of children’s schedules. Don’t let that happen! Children who start reading only what they have to read for school start slipping behind.

What Can I Do From Nine To Ten?: 

What Can I Do From Nine To Ten? Help your child publish their writing. Have your child form a reading club. Encourage family members to give books as gifts. Subscribe to a magazine for your child. Act out parts of the books you and your child read for other family members. Keep a dialogue journal with your child. This encourages thoughts about the reading you are doing.

Nine to Ten…: 

Nine to Ten… Have write-a-story parties with your child and their friends. Have a joke book party. Plan a play-reading party. Have a big brother/little brother bookstore trip. Have a father/son habit of reading the daily box scores in the newspaper. A grandmother/granddaughter project of making family history scrapbooks is nice. Start a mother/daughter reading club.

Coming of Age: Eleven to Thirteen: 

Coming of Age: Eleven to Thirteen This is the age when many children tire of children’s books. Friends are becoming very important, so aim for social activities that involve books. It is very important to set the stage for independent reading in high school.

What Can I Do From Eleven To Thirteen?: 

What Can I Do From Eleven To Thirteen? Subscribe to a sports magazine. Athletic children seem to be especially at high risk for never having time to read. Share with other families to cut down on cost and also broaden your child’s horizon with exposure to more literature. Take trips to book-related places. Children have to be tricked into reading and being interested in books if it does not come naturally for them.

Eleven to Thirteen…: 

Eleven to Thirteen… Ask your child to read to younger siblings. Plan a book party for your children and their friends and then take them to see the movie or rent it. Compare and contrast the movie and the book. Limit time in front of the tube. It has been proven that increased minutes spent watching television contributes to obesity and illiteracy.


Remember… Get your child a library card and take him to the library frequently. Allow your child to explore different genres of literature to meet his interests. Spend more money on books than videos. Keep books and magazines in the car and encourage reading on the go. Let your child read as long as he wants to. Resolve that reading will be the most important educational goal for your child.


Remember… Children of all ages love to be read to. Become involved in your child’s school. This lets your child know that you value the home-school connection. Let your child see you read a variety of materials. Showing is always more powerful than telling! Read to your child often and talk to your child about books.

Resources Available to Parents: 

Resources Available to Parents Sesame Street Magazine (ages 2-6) Ranger Rick (ages 3-8) Zoobooks (ages 4-12) Sports Illustrated for Kids (ages 7-13) National Geographic World (ages 8-13) Penny Power (ages 8-14) 3-2-1 Contact (ages 8-14)

More Resources: 

More Resources 99 Ways To Get Kids To Love Reading Basketball Digest Cricket Disney Adventures Highlights for Children Humpty Dumpty Jack and Jill Stone Soup Turtle Kid City

Information Compiled From : 

Information Compiled From Family Fun Magazine Managing the Whole Language Classroom Merriwether Middle School Sixth Graders

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