Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift. —Kate DiCamillo

These days, unfortunately, we as the parents are giving the gadgets as gifts to the kids and forgetting the most important gift, which opens the entire world in front of them. A wise old man had already said that “Books are the Window to the World”. But honestly, how many of us are really opening this window to our kids?

As a toddler, most of the kids would be happy to see the big pictures on the board books and they will spend more time with board books. But as they grow up, they get more attracted to gadgets and lose touch with books.  This trend would continue even after they enter the school, which will be followed by lower marks and grades and the permanent struggle for parents.

To avoid this struggle, it’s easier to keep the kids in touch with the books, even after they have been introduced to gadgets. As a parent, one needs to take efforts to make books attractive to kids along with gadgets. Since we can’t avoid the entry of gadgets into kids’ life, we can use the very same gadgets cleverly to increase their love for reading.

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Introduce Audiobooks:

Audiobooks are a great way to engage a toddler who has not yet started reading and get him glued to the interesting stories. We have a wide variety of books available in the form of audiobooks and there are a lot of apps that offer the audiobooks to the kids. We can download a few of them on our gadgets and make the kids listen to them.

Introduce them to EBooks:

For the kids, who started reading and are not willing to sit down with books, Ebooks is another option. These days, a lot of Ebooks are coming up in multiple languages with beautiful pictures too for kids. Subscribing to the Kindle app is the best way to keep the kids engaged with books even while using gadgets. This habit, in fact, would reduce the load of the books to be carried while traveling.

Give them puzzles on the gadgets using the storyline from books

Some of the kid-friendly apps have puzzles designed from their storybooks. One can download those apps and these apps do provide Ebooks as well as the puzzles that go with these books. Otherway, would be for the parent to prepare the puzzles for the kids. Puzzles are always an interesting start for the kids to prepare them for a new book.

Books from the Movies:

A lot of kids’ movies were built on children’s fiction books. So making the kids read the books after watching the movie together would give the kids far better insights into the plot and the author’s creative skills. This will interest them to pick up more books before they watch the movie.

 There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. —Frank Serafini

So it’s upon us as the parents to help the kid find out the right book to rekindle the love for books which he had during his early toddlerhood days. There are different genre books which the kid would love based on his interests:

  1. Joke books: We can use these books, to make the kid sit down for a couple of minutes and enjoy a joke or two in the book.
  2. Growth Mindset books: For the kids who are having difficulty in dealing with various emotions, the growth mindset books which capture the various emotions or the struggles faced by a person and how he overcame would help them in dealing with their feeling emotions and feelings
  3. Fiction: For kids who are interested in storytelling, fiction would help them in their creativity
  4. Non-Fiction/History: Helps the kids gather the facts and details about their point of interest.

This list can go on endless but has captured the most important categories for the kids. So we as parents, if we want to give the best and greatest gift to our kids, then its only books and books

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan

This article is written for the topic number 5 under “BookBlogTrain, Season 2”. The topic is “Tips and tricks to increase reading in kids”

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58 Comments

Novemberschild · May 24, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Reading is really important for children’s brain development, as we well know. But listening is super important as well. Kids (and adults) can listen audiobooks, which exposes them to new vocabulary and ideas. This list of audiobooks for preschoolers isn’t meant to supplant carer/child reading time, which is really important bonding time for children. This is meant to support reading by giving a the child carer a chance to make lunch, take a shower, or anything else, without having to flip on the TV.

    shravmusings · May 28, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Thanks a lot for your kind words. Yes we need to inculcate both the listening and reading habits in our kids

Devika Ramadoss · May 25, 2019 at 5:28 am

Gadgets are now part of kids generation. We cannot avoid them yet we could make use of them. E books is a good one to introduce after some years.

Deepika · May 25, 2019 at 11:18 am

Touchwood I succeed to develop the habit of reading in my daughter. She loves to read new books full of pictures. Useful post!

Anoushka Goel · May 25, 2019 at 11:58 am

Gadgets truly, have become a part of child’s life. But, if correct book is given, then no one can stop them to develop the habit of reading. Amazingly penned your thoughts. 🙂

Ramya · May 25, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Great tips, it’s important to make our next generation better readers.

    shravmusings · May 28, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Yes, very well said Ramya. We need to make all our kids good readers.

swishndflick · May 26, 2019 at 6:33 am

Nicely compiled points. For ebooks, i think they should be exposed after some schooling years, not so early. Let them fall in love with the paper quality, smell of the books and dog-earing pages!

thebookcollector32 · May 26, 2019 at 10:41 am

Loved the quotes. So aptly written.

thebookstersblog · May 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

That’s a great post. Even i narrate stories to my niece through picture books and she got so intrigued by them.

    shravmusings · May 28, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Yes, all the kids are attracted towards picture books initially and we as parents at times fail to sustain their interests

Sheetal | Halo of books · May 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

Such a useful tips and I agree all of these points. Loved the quotes. going to apply these tips when I have kids 🙂

Sindhu Vinod Narayan · May 28, 2019 at 7:35 am

These are some.great tips to inculcate reading habit in kids. I’ve written on the same topic as well.

inktalkswithmaria · May 29, 2019 at 6:27 am

I really really like the puzzle part. This way they are actually interested in the book and maybe want to know more. Great Article.

    shravmusings · May 30, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I am currently using this technique Maria thats why I had captured all my real life experiences

Anurag · May 29, 2019 at 6:48 am

Good Tips

It’s really important to have reading habits on kids

AnukritiLovesReading · May 29, 2019 at 8:56 am

That’s a wonderful post and so many points that would definitely help in growing even a long time reader. Thanks for the post.

sumithchowdhury · May 29, 2019 at 10:03 am

This is a really good & informative post! Thanks for writing it

sumithchowdhury · May 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

This is a really nice & informative post! Thanks for writing it! ?

lifewithmypenguin · May 29, 2019 at 11:04 am

Suhasini, I am glad to see a fresh perspective on raising readers. I am not sure about ebooks and audiobooks yet, this mom is learning. My little Penguin is quite young for that may be in future we would try hands on that.

For my 2.5 years old I started early and documenting my experience in http://lifewithmypenguin.com/category/parenting/raising-a-reader/

Pari · May 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Reading is so important for a child’s development! And, you have raised some valid points! It’s amazing!

Pari xx
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nooranandchawla · May 29, 2019 at 6:42 pm

I absolutely agree with you Suhasini- it is so important to inculcate a love of reading in children. These are some great tips.

    shravmusings · May 30, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Yes, we need to develop our kids into next gen readers Noor.

Chetana Thakur Chakraborty · May 30, 2019 at 6:42 am

Great post! Very informative and really helpful. 🙂

aprvshrm · May 30, 2019 at 10:39 am

Totally agree with all the informative points you wrote. Loved it <3

BEULAH JENIFER · May 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

Puzzles and joke books is a good option. Thanks for sharing!

Hill Station Reader · May 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Nicely written

Ankita Arora · May 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Very realistic points. Definitely helpful for anyone trying to raise an avid reader 😀

    shravmusings · May 31, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Thank you Ankita for reading my blog

Oitree Deb · May 30, 2019 at 6:55 pm

The idea of puzzles is really innovative ??

    shravmusings · May 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you…That’s from real life example

    shravmusings · May 31, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and thats a real life incident only which we use regularly

      Oitree Deb · June 1, 2019 at 6:24 am

      I don’t have much real life experiences with kids (I’m not even an adult lol). Sounded very innovative to me. I read a lot of posts about the topic but didn’t find that reference anywhere else. So credit goes to you!

Sherrie · June 3, 2019 at 1:07 am

Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the amazing work.

Suchita · September 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

I hear you! My cousin has given me the job to introduce the nephew to books since I have a better relation with books than her. Even when he was 3 months old, I got 3-4 books for him, just so he’s familiar with them 🙂

    shravmusings · September 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Thats so wonderful Suchita. Introducing kids to the books is such a wonderful experience

desireesavarese · February 6, 2020 at 5:08 am

All GREAT suggestions! I’m an avid reader myself. I’ve been reading to my son since he was born! He’s falling in love with reading now too!

    shravmusings · February 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks a lot. Even I do the same to my kid

steakkale · February 6, 2020 at 6:13 am

We LOVE reading at our house! Thanks for sharing your great tips! 🙂

Audrey at Two Pink Peonies · February 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm

I love these tips on how to raise an avid reader. Reading is so important and I’m glad my parents shared their love of reading with me. I hope to continue to share the love with my kids.

    shravmusings · February 7, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks a lot for your warm comments. Yes, thats the main concern of all book lovers parents. To pass on our book love to the kids

desireesavarese · February 7, 2020 at 1:45 am

LOVE these tips!

Margaret · February 7, 2020 at 4:40 am

Excellent tips! My son is at that age where he’s curious about the world: bugs, animals and dinosaurs. So we got him several books on these topics and all of a sudden it’s a desire to read and look over them before bedtime. Getting them hooked on books could be as easy as finding what interests them and giving them a resource to look into. Just avoid showing them anything on Youtube or electronic devices. The book is the primary resource in our house!

    shravmusings · February 7, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Well said Margaret! Even we do the same at my house. Always keep buying books which interest my kid

Jade · February 7, 2020 at 7:42 am

What a great post!! So many great tips! Reading is so important!

acgougler · February 7, 2020 at 6:26 pm

That quote at the beginning is beautiful and so true! I read with my little ones every day. They’re too young to read on their own, but they LOVE books and I hope we keep it that way!

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