5 TIPS TO ENCOURAGE READING
1). Let your child choose. Plan a field trip to the library and let your child choose books that interest them. A librarian can help steer them in the right direction, too. Keep books readily available at home, in the car, wherever your day takes you.
2). Read to your child. Establish a routine for reading. Whether before bed or at snack time, reading can fit into almost any part of your daily routine.
3). Read aloud together. It’s never too early to start reading to your little ones. For older kids, take turns reading each page of a favorite book.
4). Talk about what you are reading. Asking questions before, during and after the reading helps your child make connections and increase reading comprehension skills.
5). Show your child that you enjoy reading. Be a reading model. Children often mimic parent behavior. Let your child see you enjoying reading and soon you may have an avid reader yourself.
Excerpt taken from Reading is Fundamental, www.rif.org