Do you find yourself choosing your child’s reading material? Are you concerned that your child is not reading quality books? Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Are you frustrated that your child does not want to read? Do you fight to get your child to read just one story?
If you answered yes to these questions, consider allowing your child to choose whatever they want to read. Whether your child picks a magazine, listens to stories on tape, or decides to read the worst chapter book you can think of; it is a good start to get them reading.
Reading should be a fun experience, especially when kids are reading independently. Choosing the stories and setting parameters on their reading materials can immediately squash their love of reading. The next time you take your child to the book store or library, allow them to choose. Try not to hold judgment on what they deem as a “good” book. Shouldn’t the goal be to just get them reading?
Recently, our school had their annual book fair. A friend was distraught because her son choose the Guiness Book of World Records. Feeling that the book was not “quality” reading material and seeing how expensive it was; she was not pleased that her son had coerced her husband into purchasing it. Her son has not put the book down. Instead he reads it over and over spewing facts about different records. Not only is he reading, but he is also engaging in family conversation.
We can all agree that reading is important. Being a good reader will help your child be more confident, increase their attention span, broaden their vocabulary, and more. It doesn’t matter how they get to be good readers. It is important that we get them to read and enjoy reading. The choosing of quality literature will come, even if it’s by their teachers.
Next time your child brings home something to read that interests them, don’t be a book snob. See where it leads them. Are you up for the challenge?