In this age of iPods, iPads, iPhones, Facebook and Twitter, do you find much time to read? As adults we find it hard to make any time for reading. Imagine how hard it must be for your children who can only think of books as study. How can you encourage your children to read for pleasure when there are so many distractions all around to divert their attention?

How To Encourage Chidren To Read For Pleasure?

1. Start early. Don’t wait till  your child is 10 years old. You should start the lover affair with books when your child is as young as 3 or 4 years old. This can be done by reading to the child from a fairy tales book.

2. Buy new colorful books that attract attention immediately. If your child needs encouragement for reading, don’t borrow books or buy used ones. Buy her new attractive books that she enjoys looking at. Looking at pictures is the first stage of falling in love with books and reading.

3. Set a reading time table. It can be done every night before bed time. Make a ritual out of a set of activities that are done before and after the reading. This will make it into a habit.

4. Keep the child’s interest in mind. As far as possible let your child guide the choice of books.


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Lavanya Mehra


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