Reading is one of the most wonderful luxuries in life - it is an incredible way of learning new information and/or engaging the imaginative part of our brain, even as adults! Books have the power to speak to us in a way that television rarely can and it is a hobby and skill that most people hope their children will fall in love with too! But how can you encourage a love of reading? Here are a few tips!
1. From a very young age, read a bedtime story with your little ones every evening. This routine is not only hugely beneficial for helping your children wind down before bed, but is also a lovely time for you to spend dedicated time together, exploring their learning and the exciting stories within the books. The solid routine will create a positive association in your child's mind, and likely be a habit they want to continue with as they get older.
2. Let them choose their reading material. Although as adults, you may have pre-conceived ideas about the types of books you want your children to read, it is important to allow them to express themselves at this stage. Reading is something that can be boring and difficult if it is a struggle, so helping your child develop a genuine love of books and reading is probably more important than what they are actually reading (to a certain extent of course!)
3. Engage in conversations about what you're reading outside of 'story time'. Encourage your child to reflect and think about the stories, characters and themes of the books their reading during the day too. This will help keep the stories at the front of their minds, thus making it easier to seamlessly carry on with their reading later. It will also build more excitement and momentum around their reading and they'll look forward to their next reading session!