How to Develop Your Child's Love for Reading

Make It Interesting and Fun

by: Manyaa D
How to Develop Your Child's Love for Reading

I would call myself a traditionalist when it comes to parenting. As a traditional mom, one of my aims has been to develop a love for reading in my kids. So, I started with co-reading with my children fairly early. 

I feel reading together is an important element in a child’s development. It lets you spend some quality time together for bonding and enjoying each other’s company. While reading stories, we create many special moments with our children.

However, sometimes I struggled with how make an infant or toddler sit through these stories. Here are a few pointers to help: 

  Allow Choice - It is important to introduce kids to stories right from a young age. Invite them to see a book; however, don’t force them.

  Be Expressive – It is extremely important for parents to be expressive while sharing stories with children. This introduces children to different emotions and tones. For example, while reading a story about the hungry lion, roar like a lion. Introduce facial expression and see how your child is glued to the book. They may want a repeat performance.

  Be Creative and Innovative – Innovation is the key to success, isn’t it? Use different means other than books. Puppets are a great way to build a story as well as using tools like story cubes and picture story telling.

  Bedtime Stories – As a parent, you probably also tell bed time stories to your kid as I do. Bedtime stories introduces your child to the concept of daily routine. 

Children love stories, so make time to share a good story with your little one every day. Take the advantage of telling stories and incorporate them in your child’s life. You will be glad that you did. I did it and I cherish the moments that come with it!

Want to inspire a love of reading in your children?

Check out some great ideas and more stories by moms on our Get Kids Reading page.

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Manyaa is the founder of "Toy Tasting" - an independent video channel on toys, by mothers. Currently we are busy building up our online toy store Yellow Giraffe  for the Indian moms