“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” This quote by Dr. Suess has stayed with me forever. As an avid reader, I have always valued the benefits we get from reading books. Some studies have cited those children who are exposed to reading books early on tend to gain literacy skills faster than those who don’t. That’s why I share tips to raise a book lover. Some other benefits children can get from reading are:
- Reading teaches children about people, places, and events all around the world
- Reading gives them an expansive vocabulary
- It helps develop language skills
- Reading helps develop a child’s imagination and curiosity
- Reading is a great bonding exercise for parents, and children who read are usually better in academics.
I always wanted to pass on my love for books to my daughter and started taking steps towards it when she was still a baby. Here are some of the tips on how you can do that too:
Read to your kids:
The love for books can be taught early. Start reading to them when they are babies. By the time they can talk, they will have already memorised their favourite stories, and soon they will be able to read them independently.
Lead by example:
Kids learn by watching, and this is the best way to teach them. So let them watch you read, and soon they will try to copy you.
Visit your local bookshop and library:
Just like a playground, your local bookshop or library can be visited as a part of your routine. So, spend some time there, looking at books.
Buy books for special occasions:
Books make an excellent present for your child (and for their friends too). You can also look into personalised books available online to make them more exciting.
Let them choose the book:
Make your child as excited about a book as they would be for a toy. Also, if they select a book that they like, they are likely to enjoy it more. They don’t have to be boring stories. They can be comics, graphic novels, or even books related to hobbies. Also read, Reasons to encourage the habit of reading in your kids.
Participate in reading events
You can join Reading Challenges or Readathons. They are an interesting way to start a reading habit. It gives a motivation to read a lot of books to raise money for a charity or just for fun.
You don’t need to spend too much on books, look at your local library or playgroup, or you can do a book swap with other moms. We have found some interesting books to swap at our local street library. The love for reading can begin at any age. So, pick a book today and read them with your child. Hope you liked these tips about how to raise a book lover. Do share in the comments below if you have any more tips or suggestions.