So the number one question authors on Instagram get is this: how can I get my child to love reading? While it’s a very frequently asked question, it’s also one of the most fun to answer because there are oh, so many ways. If you love books yourself, this will come so naturally to you and you’re probably already halfway there. But let’s say you’re one of those people who only read for homework, is there still hope for your kids? The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES and here’s a step by step on how you can get started:
- Start them young! VERY young. There are books for every age group, believe it or not, and the baby age is so much fun to shop/borrow for. Do some research - the best way to do this is to go to a bookstore and flip through the books yourself! Along with bedtime stories, get them some interactive books. Books that make sounds, books that have various different textures, books that they can hold and experience with all their senses. And of course, they're going to try to eat the books - this is only part of the fun and how their love for books will begin, don’t panic!
- Books make the best decoration. As they get crawling and you start to remove your crystals and vases, why not fill those corners with books instead? Imagine your delight (and theirs!) as they crawl from one point to another, find a book, and stop to see what’s inside! Books are an adventure in between two covers, let your babies immerse themselves!
- Thrift books as much as possible. Books are expensive, there’s no denying it. There’s also no denying that they are a very important investment. So while you may occasionally want a shiny new book with a solid spine, make frequent trips to the thrift store. Pre-loved books have an entirely different kind of magic, they’re easier on the pockets and you never know the treasures you will find!
Books are a very seamless way of introducing children to a diverse world outside their homes!
So these are all the tips we have for now. If you’ve already been through this process, what advice would you add? What was your personal experience like? And if you're just starting out, let us know how it goes!