Tips to Get Kids Reading: It Is Easier Than You Think!
I've got no magic bullet and I am not here to tell you that getting your kids reading aka getting your child to actually crack open a book will elicit anything other than several moans and groans– but if you've got the right tools- it can make your task infinitely easier!
#1 Get outside and READ!
Gather your family, a flashlight, and a stack of books and head outdoors. If you don't have a camping tent, don't worry!
A tent to read under can be as simple as draping a sheet over a clothesline or between two trees. When you're outside, encourage kids take advantage of nature around you! They can try keeping a nature journal with drawings and descriptions of plants, animals, and insects you see.
Kids can use crayon to make rubbings of trail markers, tree bark, and leaves. When your camping trip is over, paste in photos of the experience so kids have their own scrapbooks.
#2 Rainy Day Reading
If you can't go outside, set up camp indoors! Make s'mores in the microwave, turn out the lights, get glow-in-the-dark stars, and read with a flashlight! Tents make the perfect reading nook. Kids can use the furniture and sheets to make a cozy “reading fort.”
#3 Get Crafty
Let your creativity run wild! Make crafts inspired by books you're reading. Reading a book about birds? Make a birdfeeder! Or make crafts kids can use while they're reading. Make a bookmark with pressed flowers or a faux fire for indoor camping trips.
And keep reading for Tips to get Kids Reading and some great books!
Tips to Get Kids Reading: It Is Easier Than You Think!
Infants & Toddlers:
Start reading while pregnant or as soon as children are born! They won't understand the words, but they will feel the rhythm.
Board books should be in the toy box.
Get them involved: Let toddlers help turn the pages.
Encourage their imaginations: Have toddlers and preschoolers “read” to you by making up stories to go along with wordless books.
Learning to Read:
Books with repetitive phrases are good for children to chime in and repeat with you – they'll begin to anticipate the phrases.
Starting to Read: Mix it up! Read a page, then let each child try a page on their own. Reading the same book as you helps increase their confidence in their own skills.
Begin reading longer chapter books to your kids. Listening to books above their reading levels will boost their vocabularies!
Turn on the subtitles while watching television or DVDs.
All Young Readers:
Find books about their interests. Don't give up if your local bookstore or library doesn't have what you're looking for. Instead, search book review Web sites and online stores.
Incorporate reading into educational adventures. Read books about animals and then visit the zoo, or follow up story times with related craft projects.
Above all, make reading part of your daily routine.
Here are some books- which at the very least will help you to begin the reading process…
Mudpuppy's Little Feminist Board Book Set
Mudpuppy's Little Feminist Board Book Set is comprised of colorfully illustrated portraits of real women who have made a historical impact on the world. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz and words by Emily Kleinman introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. The Board Book Set includes 4 mini board books (Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, and Activists.) –
Why We Love It Snuggle up with your little one and escape into this whimsically illustrated bedtime story. Written by S. Marendaz with delightful illustrations by Carly Gledhill, it takes readers along as Frank the dog helps a distressed Mouse find her lost bedtime book. Its rhythmic pace, cute animal characters and surprise end makes this picture book one you'll read and read again.
Kids can draw, color, and create with all their favorite characters from the Marvel Universe. From Captain America to Spider-Man, every page is packed with Marvel doodles. Readers use their artistic powers to bring these sensational scenes to life!
Check out the top six STEM books for kids, recommended by Andrea Vaughn, Brooklyn Public Library's Coordinator of School Age Services .
Ages 5 – 7
I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles: And Other Questions About Science by Barbara Taylor .This book is a great way for parents to help Answers kids questions about life's everyday mysteries.
Lightning by Seymour Simon Learn the difference between jets, sprites, and other bolts that'll strike fear in your heart.
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum; Leeza Hernandez (Illus.) Cooking is science! Try these tasty math projects.
Ages 8 -10
If We Were Giants Book This compelling novel about overcoming loss, embracing community, and living in harmony with nature is highlighted with a full-color insert of concept artwork, making it perfect for family sharing. Magic in the details Kirra, a curious, agile, and outgoing girl, lives in an idyllic community hidden inside a dormant volcano. She and her father are the only two people allowed to venture beyond its walls. Kirra is in training to become a Storyteller like him, and together they travel from village to village spreading fearsome tales designed to keep outsiders away from their secret nest. One day, after hearing rumors of strangers called the ”Takers,” Kirra leaves the volcano by herself, hoping to discover her own story. But she unknowingly leads the Takers back to her doorstep, and they rob her of everything she has ever held dear. A devastated Kirra is found by a boy named Luwan and adopted into his family, which lives among others high in the trees of a dense forest. Now quiet and withdrawn, Kirra hides her dark past from everyone and never wants to leave the safety of her tree dwelling. Luwan, on the other hand, loves to explore. One day it leads to trouble: He is captured while spying on a group of strangers. The Takers have returned. To save the Tree Folk, Kirra must face her inner demons and summon all her storytelling to weave the most important tale of her life.
Chock-full of puzzles, optical illusions, cranial challenges, and information on the latest research in neuroscience, this awesome activity book helps you discover even more about your amazing brain! It's kid-friendly fun, based on the National Geographic hit television show Brain Games . Magic in the details Train your brain with all kinds of amazing new challenges that will unleash your creativity and bring out the genius within. You'll find crosswords, word searches, cryptograms, tough logic puzzles, memory tests, wacky riddles, and exercises to try with a friend. Time trials test your skills in each chapter. Write-in pages include puzzles and games as well as short explanations of the brain science at work. Tuning and proving your mental mettle has never been so much fun.
Electricity and Magnets by Sarah Angliss You, too, can be a mad scientist by experimenting with electricity and magnets.
100 Most Feared Creatures by Anna Claybourne. Contains deadly facts and terrifying beasts! Meet the scariest members of the animal kingdom.
Earth-friendly Buildings, Bridges and More The Eco-journal of Corry LaPont by Etta Kaner A dazzling collection of postcards, brochures and other memorabilia explain the engineering behind some of the planet's most cutting edge towers, bridges, tunnels, domes, dams, dikes, locks and levees.
So what are some of your Tips to get Kids Reading