Raising strong readers

We all know the importance of literacy. It helps us communicate and make sense of our world. As an author, I love to write books that encourage children to use their imaginations and learn about God and the world around them. But, raising children who love to read can be challenging. It takes intention and investment over time and it is never too early to start.

The following are a few ways you can make reading part of your family’s routine no matter what season of life you are in.

Read to your unborn. Let them hear your voice. Read the newspaper, a favourite novel or poetry aloud.

The last feed of the day can be a great time to share a story with even the youngest baby. Read to your newborn and establish bedtime reading early.

Let your children see you reading, not just for work but for pleasure as well. Take your toddlers to library story time.

Allow your preschooler to choose books to borrow and make going to the library a regular family event.

Ask loved ones to gift your child books instead of toys at birthdays and holidays.

Encourage your children to write their own stories and read them aloud.

Older kids might prefer ebooks or audiobooks which can be borrowed from the public library. Discuss what they are reading and ask questions about their favourite books.

Share books with your grandchildren when they visit. Mail gift certificates for their local bookstore for birthdays.

Reading together, discussing ideas and sharing stories are some ways to ensure your children will develop into strong readers. What do you do to encourage literacy in your family? Comment below to share your ideas.

By susanreimer

I am the author of the YA series Forged in Flames and the children's picture book Letters in the Woods from Word Alive Press. I am a Jesus follower, mom and gramma living in beautiful Northern Ontario, Canada.

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