Keep it Fun!

Encouraging a Love of Reading: Tip #2


When it comes to raising readers, you know the drill: start young, share books aloud, visit the library, and be a good role model.

Excellent advice, all of it. But what if you’ve toed that line and your child still hasn’t caught the spark? Or you’ve ignited a flame only to see it fizzle as he gets older and busier?

Here we offer a host of creative suggestions and quick tips, all tested and organized into seven simple strategies for inspiring both new and veteran readers. So turn the page – and watch your kids do the same.

Today, we are on Tip #2. Did you check out Tip #1?

Tip #2

Keep it fun

Present reading as a game, and kids will be clamoring to play.

Prediction board – Turn reading books aloud into a game. Mom, Dad, and the kids guess what will happen next. Record each person’s predictions on a large whiteboard and award points for correct guesses. The family member with the highest tally at the end of the book gets to pick the next read-aloud title.

Midnight movie quiz – There’s nothing quite so exciting as going to the midnight opening of a movie based on a book you’ve loved. Require both kids and adults to take a quiz on the story in advance. If more than half of them fail, all read or listen to the book again, racing to beat the opening-night deadline.

Fact or fiction – Have everyone in the family keep an eye out during the day for intriguing tidbits of information in everything they read. Then they mix the facts with made-up information and quiz each other around the dinner table to see who can guess what’s real and what’s fake.


At Within Reach Learning Center, we try to make reading fun in every way. So remember, to do the same!


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