How Do I Promote Reading?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

All children are not equal in how interested they are in books. However, books are equally beneficial to all children for exposure and later literacy skills. A child’s education level is directly related to how much literature they were exposed to in their environment growing up.

This factoid is a tidbit I learned in graduate school that piqued my interest. The correlation may be direct or indirect. It is hard to tell. The higher education for these kids may due to the socioeconomic status they were born into or it may be due to their perceived value of books and education based on their indirect observation of the importance of literacy.

The surrounding literature may include newspapers, magazines, books, children’s books, comic books, computers with writing, etc. It didn’t matter the source of literature. It mattered the abundance. For this reason, I make a concerted effort to surround my children with options for reading in the home, such as children’s books, children’s magazines, books on the Kindle and iPad through Epic (during limited screen times), things to read in the car, and books on audio for longer road trips.

I started my children from a young age reading to them at night. By a young age, I mean before they were born. I would read to them in the womb. Babies develop auditory abilities to hear and be comforted by their mother’s or familiar voices outside the womb. If you start reading young, they will prefer or seek out your voice outside of the womb.

Reading is rhythmic and takes a sing-song voice. Writers use literary style to pen words. It can be soothing to listen to as children sometimes prefer rhythmic things for comforting (singing, movement, chewing, etc.). By starting young and “reading” t

Parent’s Tip:

It is much easier to read three board books than three full-length Disney books as the child grows up. Make sure you adjust your book choices and number of books based on maturity, length, and interest level to keep book time a viable routine for both you and your child.

Though my kids have many options, I am well aware that sometimes it is hard to entice a child to want to read a book and it is difficult to keep their attention, depending on their attention level, receptive understanding, ability to have joint attention with the reader, and interest in sitting still. Stay tuned to read more about how to “read to your child’s level of interest” in order to keep their attention to and engagement in books.

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