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Develop a Love for Reading

We all know that reading is important and that it is beneficial for our children to develop a love for reading.  What you might not know is what you can do during each stage of your child's life to help her develop that much needed interest and love for reading. After reading this article you will have a better understanding of how to engage your child when it comes to reading and what to do if they simply don't want to read. It is important to acknowledge that a child's love for reading will come from her parents and not her school teacher. School teachers cannot instill a love for reading like a loving mother or father can. So take a look at a few things you can do to open your child's eyes up to the captivating world of literature.

Ages 3-5
At this age it is important to allow your child to quench her wonder. Try not to push reading skills onto her just yet. That can come later. For now play games and enjoy the world of dragons, princesses, and teddy bears. If it is fun for your child now it will help motivate her to learn later on.

Ages 6-8
Most children begin to read on their own during this age. Compliment your child's progress and keep a variety of books on hand that are within her reading range. She will also make the change from picture books to chapter books during this age. Allow her to make this change on her own because visual learners will want to hold on to the picture books for longer and making this switch prematurely could stunt her reading abilities.

Ages 9-10
During this time children will become more interested in series books and in categories such as mystery, fantasy, and history. Children also begin a wide variety of other activities at this age. It is important to make sure she is still giving an ample amount of her time to reading. This is where many children falter and lose their intrigue with books. Don't let it happen to your child!

Ages 11-13
Now is the time to set the stage for independent reading. If your child stops reading independent of school subjects now, she will likely never start again. Her life will become increasingly busy and her priorities may shift from school to friends and activities so try to help her be motivated by trying some of the activities listed in the chart below.

What if my child just doesn't want to read?

Some children have a natural tendency to love reading and some do not. Children who do not pick it up as quickly will tend to avoid the subject all together because it embarrasses them or makes them feel inadequate. Try to pick up on these problems early on and start taking care of any reading disabilities your child could have while she is young. Set her up for success by giving her the tools she needs to be able to read better. Not all children who don't like reading have a disability however. If your child falls into this category it is probably because she does not find reading fun. Think of creative ideas to turn reading time into a fun time of the day for her and you will quickly see her attitude change.

Ways to Keep Her Motivated 

















Have your child guess what letter a familiar object starts with. What letter does book start with? B!


Keep books around that are consistent with her interests.



Start a book club with her friends.  



Limit her television time. 








Make story time fun with costumes and plays.



Read to her and have her read to you.




Further develop her comprehension skills by having her write down her thoughts after reading a book.




Have her read books and watch a movie based off of the book and compare and contrast the two.



Read predictable books with simple plots.


Ask your child to read picture books to younger siblings.


Give books as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.


Take frequent trips to the local library with your child.