5 Ways To Spark Reading
1. Have lots of books available.
Access to books is the key – children in homes with books stay at school 3 years longer than those without (books help children learn). Love your local library!
2. Read aloud.
- start a book together and let the child finish it,
- read to a pet,
- have a family readathon.
The amount of time the child spends listening to parents and other loved ones read continues to be one of the best predictors of later reading. – Maryanne Wolf
3. Find the best books.
Use guides such as The Reading Bug by Paul Jennings, or best books lists.
Few children can resist books such as
- Millions of Cats by Wanda G’ag,
- Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen,
- Shrek by William Steig,
- Moomin books by Tove Jansson,
4. Match books to children’s interests.
Whatever they want to read – comic books, science, or ghosts – they probably need it. Librarians love to help you find the right book.
You need a top story. You need a subject that interests a child. And you need something that they can read. – Paul Jennings
5. Interact with books.
- write to the author,
- dress up as characters,
- create book artwork,
- write a book.