Having a child that hates reading books can be very difficult. They think books are boring and are uninterested. So how do you get them to take interest? The key is to make reading fun and to give them something to look forward to. There are many different ways to do this.
1. A Topic They Love
Start at the beginning with what your kid loves. Your child isn’t going to want to read a book about rabbits if they are really into cars. Whether its sports, princesses, trains, etc. find a book about that topic and feed on their interest from that.
Humor is another way to go. Kids love to laugh and have fun. There are plenty of books that will get your kid excited about reading because they are fun. Joke books are great starters for children. It gets them laughing and excited and you can ease them into reading different types of humorous books.
2. Start a Series
Reading a series can be really exciting. If you find the right one, your child will be enthusiastic about moving on to the next book. There are tons of book series made for children that have different topics. Using the “topic the love” advice, find one that sparks your child’s interest and let them fall in love with the book. Some really good children’s series are: Harry Potter Series, Classic Seuss Series and Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series.
3. Be a Reading Buddy
Read by example. If you are reading, your kid is most likely going to read also. In order for your child to take an interest, you have to take one yourself as a parent. There are some really great ways to be a reading buddy. You can read the same book as your child and after each chapter you can talk about what is happening. You can also get involved in reading with your child by taking turns reading- you read every other chapter. Show that you are really interested in the book and are excited about it and your child will do the same.
4. Books and movies
Get your kid excited about reading by getting a book that has been turned into a movie. Have your child read the book and when they finish you can watch the movie. Afterwards, you can compare the book and movie. It may start out as an incentive to read, but it can spark some real interest in reading. Some great children books that have been made to movies are: Bridge to Teribithia, How to Eat Fried Worms and The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Reading doesn’t have to be boring for your kid. Find different ways to be creative. Include yourself in the readings and try setting aside reading times during the day instead of TV or video game time. If you involve your kid and yourself in the readings, they will soon love to read and enjoy it. The most important thing is to be consistent. If your child doesn’t take to it right away, don’t give up. Following through is going to be what jump starts your child’s interest in reading.