Creating a Reader-friendly Home
BY: The News Voice
A home filled with different kinds of books is a great way to interest kids into reading. Ask your local librarian for suggestions.
Keep a variety of reading materials at hand like magazines, scrapbooks, comics, e-books, newspapers, audio books, photo albums etc.
Collect books with boards or just different textures for babies. preschoolers might enjoy illustrated books. Elementary kids might like fiction, poetry, nonfiction or dictionaries etc.
Create a cozy reading place and encourage them to use it for reading time every day.
Make sure these places have good lighting. Change the materials often and keep CD player nearby for audio books.
Encourage your kids to make posters, collages or books filled with their own pictures and writing. Kids love to read things they've written themselves or share with family and friends.
Limit the screen time to make sure they have time for reading or better yet make it family-centered.
Read a book aloud or ask your child to read to you or act it out. Make it a habit to sit together and read your own books.
Ask your friends and family to give books as gifts on occasions as birthdays or holidays. You could host a book swap event where you can swap forgotten books with new ones.
You could buy used books if you can't afford new books every time or borrow books from the library.
Whatever you do, sharing the books with your child is the first and most important step in creating a reader-friendly home.