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5 easy ways to get your child reading

Reading is an important influence that can positively contribute to your child’s upbringing. In fact, a child is more likely to do well in their future studies if they read for pleasure, as it provides them with the tools to become better listeners, readers and communicators.

This year, March 3rd marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day – a day that celebrates the importance of reading, and offers equal opportunities for children of all backgrounds to get their hands on a book. Based on a recent survey from Kiddi Caru, 96% of children celebrate the special day. So, in light of the occasion, we’ve put together a list of just 5 easy ways you could get your child reading.

Read on to find out more.

  1. Audiobooks

You might wonder how audiobooks could possibly encourage your child to read, but this one’s for the busy parent. The assistance of being able to hear the stories whilst your child follows along, will not only offer them some independence, but they’ll be able to see how the words they are hearing are written.

As your child then practices their listening skills, they can immerse themselves into the words and pictures they’re holding in their hand. Best of all, you can be driving, cooking, working, or even reading your own book if you’re short on time.

  1. Read yourself

Another way to inspire your child to read is by reading yourself. Even if you don’t always have time to sit and read a book, let them see you reading recipes, directions and newspapers, as this will show them the importance of the skill. In addition, seeing you enjoying a book will spark their curiosity and is more likely to help them form the habit of reading for fun.

Reading with your child is just as important as letting them see you read, as it offers a great way to bond, as well as time for them to ask questions and have words broken down into ways that’ll help them pronounce them.

  1. Make books a reward

It’s easy to tell your child they can’t play or watch television until they’ve done some reading, but this can make it feel like a chore. By offering a book as a reward, your child is more likely to want to pick up a book, or ask to be read to on their own accord.

  1. Create activities that require reading

You could leave notes around the house for them to discover, spend time baking as you read a recipe, or even craft something together and follow instructions. Taking part in activities that require reading are a great way to introduce reading without actually sitting down with a book.

  1. Visit the library

Ah, the library. The doorway to hundreds of new lands and stories just waiting to be discovered. By surrounding your child with books, letting them make their own choices, as well as immersing them in the colourful world of endless bookshelves and calming quiet, is bound to let their creativity soar.

Choosing their own books to take home will ensure they are interested in the stories they are discovering, as well as exposing them to different genres, with a fun, interactive day out with endless possibilities that they’ll want to experience again and again.

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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