What makes children want to read books? Well, the most important tip is that a book has to be of interest to your child. Reading Rockets provided some great suggestions for finding the right book for your child.
Genre and authors are two ways children can find books they want to read:
- Genre: Think of genre as categories or types of books. Identifying what type, or genre, of book your reader enjoys can lead to you certain shelves or areas. For example, does your reader like action and adventure? Fantasy? Graphic novels? Mystery? Start your book searches by looking for new books within a favorite genre.
- Author: Stumbling on a new author can be a treasure trove of new titles! Find a book your child particularly enjoys and see if that author has written other books. It’s also fun to search online to see if that author has a website. Many authors do, and some include games, facts and other interesting information to keep a reader engaged.
It’s also important to make sure the book is at an appropriate reading level. You want a book that’s hard enough to challenge your child, but easy enough to read independently. Reading Rockets suggests the five-finger test to check a book’s difficulty:
- Open the book to the middle. Choose a full page of words. Read the page out loud, and hold up one finger each time you come to a word you don’t know.
- One finger (thumb): Thumbs up! Great book choice, this will be easy reading for you.
- Two fingers (thumb and index finger): Makes an L, still looking good! Enjoy.
- Three fingers (makes a W): Warning! This book may be best when read with someone.
- Four or more fingers (whole hand): Stop! This book may be too tough to enjoy alone. Ask an adult or older sibling to read this book to you.
Finding the right book may take a little extra effort. However, watching your child grow up loving to read is worth it.