Being an avid reader and having a younger sister who used to hate reading, it was very frustrating. I just wanted to constantly explain that there are NO negatives to reading a good book and the benefits it would have in the long run. I've dedicated so much time and love to so many characters over the years, I wanted to be able to share my passion with my younger sister. I decided to write this as I used the experimentation tip to get my sister reading. The other tips on the list are for even younger readers, nether the less I thought they would be helpful.
1. My first tip is to experiment. Any book I lent my little sister to read she hated. Most of my books are fantasy or historical fiction. She hated fantasy books. Once we ticked off fantasy we tried other genres, historical fiction, another big no no. Even poetry, this was a definite no no. Finally, we cracked it! Prying her on a sunny beach with some YA Contemporary, She loved the Anna and the French Kiss series. We had done it, after long deliberation narrowed it down and now she knows what books she actually likes, this is always a great place to start.
2. Make books readily available.
My second tip is to make books within reaching distance. More often than not, if a child can see something that stands out, they will be interested in it. Brightly coloured children's books or books with illustrations are just another way to get them involved! What's more a book with pop-ups will definitely hold the attention span of a child. If a child knows they are more than welcome to pick up a book and go sit somewhere comfy they will be more likely to do it, so maybe even set somewhere up where they can specifically go and read, like a teepee or fluffy cushion pile.
3. The magic of storytelling
The power of a story well told is astronomical. Reading aloud, in different voices, with props, in whatever way you want to, is important. Children are very visual learners, if they can see you getting excited whilst you tell them a story, it means they will get excited too. This is just another way to encourage an interest in literature.
4. Reading is for fun not a chore
Ok, so sometimes reading is required for homework etc but determining the difference between homework and fun in regards to reading, from an early age is important. The sooner children realise this the better. The more you pester a child to do something, the more they definitely do not want to do it! So make sure your children also see you reading, if you have an avid interest then it will most likely rub off on your children, much like what happened when I saw my mum reading, I instantly wanted to copy her.
I hope you enjoyed my tips and use them in the future. Reading is a form of escapism, so where will you go next?