What are some good ways to get my child excited about reading?

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Rachel - posted on 08/20/2012

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Depending on how old your child is, I use the choose your own adventure books for the kids in my after school program class who don't really like to read. This way, they can make the story what they want.

Buffy - posted on 01/22/2009

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Oh, and make the library a special place for them. If there are programs at your library to get your kids into them, and then make sure your kids know that program is a priority to you. Get into the songs and stories and crafts, and don't lose interest in it yourself.

Buffy - posted on 01/22/2009

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Let them see you reading as well! Kids follow examples. Put a book or two near the potty if they're that age, and change them up occasionally. Read to your child regularly, choose a comfy chair or special spot the child enjoys, to make it a special event for them. And then just don't worry about it. If you're a reader, your kids already have an advantage.

Micheal - posted on 01/21/2009

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Story time at the public library is a good way to spark their interest .... they can hear an awesome story and then pick out a book of their own.



Another way is to pick a book that interest them and read it together, you can read two pages and then they have to read one page to you.  After a while let them take the lead and read more to you.



Lastly, make sure you are reading, most of the time kid's will emulate what they see their parents do.  Good luck.

Micheal - posted on 01/21/2009

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Story time at the public library is a good way to spark their interest .... they can hear an awesome story and then pick out a book of their own.



Another way is to pick a book that interest them and read it together, you can read two pages and then they have to read one page to you.  After a while let them take the lead and read more to you.



Lastly, make sure you are reading, most of the time kid's will emulate what they see their parents do.  Good luck.

Akeevia - posted on 01/21/2009

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I use to take my son to the book store and let him pick what he wants.  I would also buy him books that deal with his favorite movies or characters.

Christina - posted on 01/21/2009

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make it like a party...you can even make fun hats that only get worn while you read only and if someone isnt interested just simly put htem back up.  books that interst the child are equally as important, i  know i had to read the "Foot Book" over and over agian, i know i woke up many mornings saying it in my head...:)  make sure you get excited about it too, not overkill, but happy.  try doing it at the same time of day too, then it will be in the routine and watch for them wanting to bring it into the routine even more.

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Hi Jessica, All kids are different, but reading with them is key, it associates mom time (that they love) with the act of reading. A set time every day is best, 1/2 hour before bed is good as a quiet, a nice end-of-the-crazy-day activity. We go to the library a lot so that we can try out all kinds of books to see 'what sticks'. I'm sure if you want to share the ages of your children, other moms could suggest some great books. We have favorites that have made all the difference.

Heather - posted on 01/18/2009

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caroline gave some excellent advice!
my husband is a reference librarian at one of our local libraries so my daughter is already pretty crazy about books.
you can also join the dolly parton imagination library. you'll receive one free book a month(per child) until the age of 5.
http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/

Caroline - posted on 01/15/2009

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Oh yes... have lots of books in the house. Bookshelf in child's room and on another level (we have a general shelf upstairs in the hall and each child has a shelf full of books in their room, then we have cubbies with books in them downstairs). Don't get them all new, no one can afford to get books at Borders all the time - library sales, garage sales, thrift stores... etc. And, yes, the bathroom is an excellent place to have books they love! How old is your child?

Colleen - posted on 01/15/2009

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Lead by example! Talk about what you have read and the source from which you got information. Reading can be reading a cereal box, a magazine like Highlights. Reading street signs,cards....words are everywhere,when the kids start to notice that kind of thing the exitement begins! My husband has been reading Harry Potter to our youngest age 9 and he could use more encouragement to self read so, there are books in the bathroom too! Good luck, Colleen

Miranda - posted on 01/15/2009

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Also, have a lot of books around the house. Go to yardsales, thrift stores, and library sales. If your children see that books are commonplace, on top of witnessing you read by yourself, it will become commonplace for them.

Miranda - posted on 01/15/2009

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The most important thing you can do is read to them. I started reading my children books when they were 6 months old. I always read books to them that they would not be able to read themselves for many years. This gives them vocabulary that they don't understand, but once they begin a phonics program at school this will help them immensely. Some of the tips already posted are great. Read books that have characters they like. Dr. Seuss is always a win-win, kids love those books because they are so silly, but the use of phonics will help them once they start school. Also, them seeing you read while they are playing is very important. Kids want to mimic your every move. I have been in college since my children were born, so they saw momma reading everyday. Now they love to read, and they read 2-5 years ahead of their particular grade level. For instance, my 2nd grader reads at a 6th grade level and my 3rd grader reads at an 8th grade level. Hope this helps!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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Try going to a book signing by the author. Childrens authors and illustrators come and read and sign books. We made it a big event and got a book, talked about the process then made one at home to share in the same way at school with her class. From then on she felt she was an expert on good books and we take turns reading every evening before bed!!

Caroline - posted on 01/14/2009

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Reading to our children for many, many, years (even now that they are all readers, 7, 9, 11) has had a huge impact on their interest AND ability. I remember reading 'Go Dog Go' and 'Color Zoo' over and over and over and over again to my 2 boys when they were young. Now we read chapter books each night, all together. Magic Tree House, Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones...



For young children (5 -6 yrs) who may know some sounds but reading a page may be too overwhelming, looking at the pictures and telling their version of the story is a confidence builder (Goodnight Gorilla is a great book that ONLY has pictures). Also, when my son was in a Montessori preschool classroom I learned that learning what a letter 'says' is what a child needs to learn in order to begin to learn to read instead of knowing the 'name' of the letter by sight. Finally, the more you push, the less likely the child is to want to do it, especially if they are in preschool or school, making a child 'work' at home can have a negative affect on their attitude toward reading at school. Lead by example, read! Good luck!

Kamisha - posted on 01/13/2009

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I got all my children into books by choosing books with the characters they love. Like Dora or Elmo...Eric Carle books are great too!!! Also start early. I read to my 8 month old already. If they see you reading, don't worry, they'll begin to love books too! 

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