Getting Children to Read for Fun

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July 7, 2011
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I think the easiest way to get children to enjoy reading is to start reading to them when they are very young, as soon as they can sit up and enjoy looking at pictures. Make 'story time" a part of the day's activities. As they get older, take them to the library and find books on subjects they enjoy. Also, let them see that Mom and Dad enjoy reading too, even if it means turning off the TV for a while. Encouraging a love of reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child.


By Joan from Chesterfield, MI

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July 10, 2012

Make a Bookworm Reader Chart to encourage your child to read more books and be creative when coloring his own piece of artwork - Bookworm!


You as a parent/guardian are most important to the equation. Your time and interest will spark your child's.


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July 8, 2011

When I was a tutor, I coaxed reluctant readers with reading material keyed to their interests. A teen girl might like a fan magazine or the entertainment section of the newspaper.


A boy might like Sports Illustrated or the newspaper sports page.



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June 17, 2013

Any additional suggestions on how to get a middle school/junior high boy to read? I am concerned about my grandson. I know my daughter would be interested in her son's academic improvement. I agree with the person in the preceding advice; reading being key to their success. Just thought I would ask before he gets any older or more involved with peers.

By Mary from Colorado Springs, CO


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June 17, 20130 found this helpful

Part of your success will be to know what his interests are. Or even better... his passion. Once you know that, you get him a book he just has to read because it fits his passion.


Instead of a book it could be a magazine subscription. That way he is "attempting" to read every time he gets an issue.


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June 18, 20130 found this helpful

Finding the right books is important at that age. The child needs to feel some ownership over the books. Finding books that fit a child's interest is key. Taking him to a book store to get a book as a treat might help. Then he gets to pick something out. Finding a series, like Harry Potter, or Percy Jackson, or something else, can be great at that age. Setting aside time to read is also important and reading by example is important. Don't just set aside for the boy to read, read yourself as well.


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June 19, 20130 found this helpful

You have not said if your grandson is a good reader or not. If he is a capable reader, and simply chooses not to, there is not much to worry about. In this case it is simply trying to find something that he likes or interested in. Many boys are more interested in non-fiction books such as info about dinosaurs or cars or bridge building or whatever, or some prefer stories about real, true events rather than fiction.


On the other hand, many non-readers are poor readers, and if this is the case, you should investigate ways to help him improve his reading skills. This is a much bigger problem, and your first action would be to talk to his teachers. However, some special programs and private tutoring might be in order.

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