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Posted on April 20, 2024

Unleash the ‘bookworm’: Ideas to inspire children to read whatever their age!

Ways to Make Reading More Exciting

In a world filled with screens and digital distractions, cultivating a love for reading in children is more important than ever before. Beyond the joy and entertainment it brings, instilling a passion for reading in young minds has far-reaching benefits that extend into every aspect of their lives. From young and new learners, to older and more advanced readers, this blog has options for everyone! Discover below some ways that parents and teachers can introduce reading to children in a way that makes it fun and educational!

How to make reading more exciting for children

Reading Together

  • Sit down with your kids and listen to one of our free Stories Aloud audios that come with all of our paperback picture books and baby books!
  • Reading along with an audiobook can elevate the reading experience for everyone. With animation sounds, book narration and an overall more interactive reading experience, this is a great way to introduce children to reading, making it more exciting!

Creative Ways to Bring Books to Life

  • If you are finding that it’s difficult to get your children excited and interested in reading, there’s no better time to think outside the box and bring the books to life!
  • Hunker down in a home-made fort while reading mystery books such as Secrets of the Snakestone, by Piu DasGupta, or create some origami by following along the steps of Blossom Origami by the National Trust, or even dress up as Pip and Posy from well-known author, Axel Scheffler, while reading along!

     

Build a Book Nook

  • Creating a safe space for reading can help to get children excited about reading while having a comfortable place to read.
  • Set up a chair by a window, surrounded by some books and lighting with some ambience music in the background can really set the scene and get children in the mood to read!

Follow-Ups

  • To allow for children to get more out of reading, at the end of each book, conduct a follow-up, interactive conversation (acting as a mini book club) discussing what they liked about the book, didn’t like and their overall thoughts.
  • This provides you with a sense of understanding about the certain types of books they are reading and their thoughts, but also what they are taking away from it.
  • Can lead to more in-depth and fun discussions about books! To further the adventure, head to our Activity Sheets page to print out some at-home activities to accompany select books!

How teachers can encourage reading

Newsletters

  • Create a monthly newsletter to go out (either to parents, staff, or both!) detailing what books the class has read that month and why. This can help to encourage children to further their reading at home and on their own.

Start a class book club

  • Suggest a book for your class to read either per week or month that children have to read at home. This will encourage children to pick up a book outside of school and allow them to discuss the book with the rest of class. Holding weekly or monthly meetings will also help you, as a teacher, to check the class’s understanding and how they are getting on.
  • Some titles that have been nominated as “Teacher’s Picks” that are perfect for classroom reading and stimulating discussions are No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton, Sweet Pizza by G.R. Gemin, Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge and many more!

   

Have accompanying creative tasks

  • Having something, like an activity sheet, to accompany a book can also help to get children excited about reading. Being able to creatively express their favourite characters, what the book is about, etc may help them to be more engaged in the stories and books that are being read.
  • Browse our activity sheets on our website to gather some ideas to spark creativity in the classroom!

However you introduce reading, remember, it’s not just about shaping readers, it’s about nurturing curious minds and opening up a world of imagination in young children. By fostering a love for reading early on, we empower children to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and empathetic individuals who can navigate the complexities of the world with confidence and creativity.

Did we miss anything? If you have any other fun and creative ideas of how to encourage young readers, we would love to hear about it! Send it to us on socials or email us at [email protected].

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