Scholastic10 Great Ways to Grow a Reader

1. Follow their interests and let kids choose their own books. 
94% of kids ages 6-17 agree that their favourite books are the ones they have picked out for themselves. Start by asking your child about their current interests, and guide them towards books with these topics.

2. Provide access to a variety of books.
When children see that books are for learning and exploring the world, they'll start on a journey toward discovering their deep interests.

3. Get clues from the cover 
Before reading, have your child look at the front cover of the book. Ask them to predict wha the book could be about based on the artwork and the title.

4. Build vocabulary
Ask your child to make a list of any unfamiliar words while reading. Using the art and text around a particular word, see if your child can uncover its meaning. Remember: Pictures can say as much as words!

5. Make connections 
As your child reads a story, ask them to make connections between the characters and events in the story and people and events in real life. 

6. Read together
Model good reading behaviour by turning off phones and TVs. And smile–you're enjoying a good book and so is your child!

7. Encourage your child to create their own story
Whether it’s a short-story, a comic strip or a novel. This allows them to use their creativity to write their own story, and also encourages them to proudly read it to others.

8. Start seasonal traditions
Pick a book to read every year when your child goes back to school. You can also read the same special book during a holiday or birthdays.

9. Write easy-to-read notes
Leave them in lunchboxes, on pillows or on mirrors and promote a sense of fun and eagerness about reading. Write your shopping list clearly and ask your child to help you read it in the supermarket.

10. Create a book haven
Encourage your child's love of reading by using your home library as inspiration for them to transform their bedroom into a book haven.

  • Start with the bookshelf. Designate an area where your child can display their favourite books, to create a focal point. Creativity can stem from there.

  • Pick a theme. While your child may have an interest in many genres, narrow it down to one theme to begin with, so that they can concentrate on one set of ideas.

  • Show the books off! Once the books are organised, display them in visually appealing ways. Books with eye-catching jackets can face out; create book ends using your child’s favourite toys; and make sure their best-loved books are well positioned to catch their eye.

  • Move beyond the bookshelf. Find other creative ways to display books, such as creating a reading corner in your child’s room and creating a book mobile. The room is your oyster!

  • Shelve books in a creative way. Instead of organising books in alphabetical order, try grouping books by genre. Some suggestions are:
    • Faraway Lands—for titles such as Amulet, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Tale of Despereaux.
    • Do Not Read After Dark—10 Best Ghost Stories Ever!, Revenge of the Living Dummy and Haunted Kids.
    • Friendship Fun—A Girl Called Harry, The Accidental Cheerleader and Diary of a Would-Be Princess #1