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1. Read to them.Some parents start reading to their child in the womb! Whether or not it's necessary to start that early might be debatable, but it is important to start reading to your baby early on in infancy. Even the youngest infants will enjoy the sound of your voice as you read to them.
As children grow older they can enjoy the colors, shapes, and pictures. Eventually children will be able to read themselves, but they will still value you taking the time to read to them. After they can read on their own, you can do shared reading time and take turns reading to each other!
2. Read what they like.It's important to recognize that children are more likely to read something that interests them! If you child is into superheroes, Barbie, bugs, horses, etc. then get them books about their topic of interest. If you're not sure, try simply asking your child or just buying a variety of books. You might also consider books with familiar characters or themes.
3. Reward them with reading.Now while rewarding reading is definitely an option, rewarding with reading is a great way to promote that reading is a fun, positive experience. For example, allowing older children to stay up 15 minutes past their bed time, if they're reading, is a way to reward children with reading. Don't assign reading as punishment, as that will only reinforce any ideas your child has that reading is not for fun.
4. Lead by example.Carve out some time in your busy schedule to lead by example, and read for pleasure. If this is not something you typically do, try following tip #2 for yourself.
Remember that there are a variety of types of reading materials. These include magazine, poetry, self help books, how to books, fiction novels, and more. Find what your kids like. Find what you like. And read on!
What are you currently reading or hoping to read? What does your child enjoy reading?