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How to Find a Book for Your Child to Read

Written by Danny Brassell on . Posted in Uncategorized

Do you have children who claim they hate reading? Why do you think that is?

More often than not, I bet kids hate reading because they are forced to read things that don’t interest them. What was your favorite textbook as a child? Can you remember any comprehension exercises with fondness?

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Here are some tips to find books your children will read:

  1. Ask. Ask children what they would like to read, and let them read those things (e.g., books about dinosaurs, skateboard magazines, comic strips, etc.).
  2. Model. If you spend all of your free time watching TV in front of your children, can you guess why your children want to spend their free time watching TV? It is also not a coincidence that many children develop similar reading preferences as their parents.
  3. Look Together. Trips to the library and bookstore can be wonderful opportunities to check out your children’s interest in particular books, genres, etc.
  4. Share. Read aloud your favorite books to your children. You read these books differently, and children tend to enjoy these books more.
  5. Recommend. Hand children something you enjoyed reading and tell them that you thought they’d enjoy it, too. Most children love to hear you were thinking about them and will eagerly read the book to discuss it with you.

Don’t make this too difficult. Follow these simple steps and your child will develop your love of reading.

How to Bribe Your Child to Read

Written by Danny Brassell on . Posted in Uncategorized

One of the first questions parents in my training seminars ask me is how they can reward their children for reading.

Well, the first thing I recommend is to give children candy. Kids love candy. If that does not work, give them soda (preferably something that is highly caffeinated). Pizza is another wonderful motivational tool. And – if all else fails – I have found that $20-$50 can get even the most reluctant reader to enthusiastically pick up a book.

I hope you realize I am being facetious.

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Kids aren’t stupid. They know that if you have to bribe them to do something, that it is not worth doing on its own. We want our children to want to read, so the best way to “bribe” our children is to work on their psyches and make reading the reward. Here are some of the best ways I have seen to “reward” children for reading:

  1. Bonus Read Aloud. Tell your children that if they get their reading time in on their own that you will reward them with a special read aloud after dinner, in bed – whenever and wherever they choose.
  2. Play Read. Reward your children by reading to them in character (e.g., you can dress up like a pirate, or read aloud a special book with a puppet or stuffed animal) or in a special place (e.g., under the dining room table, under the bed sheets with a flashlight, etc.).
  3. Extra Library Run. You can take your children on a “bonus” trip to the library when they complete their reading.
  4. Discount Store Goodies. If you really want to give a physical reward to your children for reading, you can find all sorts of cheap trinkets at discount stores like Dollar Tree and the 99 Cent Store (e.g., pencils, notebooks, stickers with messages, etc.).
  5. Bookstore. Finally, why not take them to a bookstore to pick out a book for purchase? Make sure to write an inscription in front of the book to make it extra special (e.g., “Son – I am so proud of how much you are reading. Love, Dad”).

By making reading the reward, you can truly turn your child into a reader for life.

How to Spread the Joy of Reading

Written by Danny Brassell on . Posted in Blog

Whether I am training beginning teachers or delivering a keynote address for corporate executives, attendees inevitably tap me on the shoulder afterwards in private and confess about troubles they are having with getting their children to read. So what’s the secret?

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There are manuals given to navigate your DVR, build an Ikea chair or pass a driving test, but parents are often left to fend for themselves without any guidance.

Here are some simple steps to help your child love reading:

  1. Provide lots of access to interesting reading materials. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. The same can be said with kids and reading. In order to get a kid interested, though, you need to make sure the kid has something to drink. Quench your children’s thirst with plenty of high-interest reading materials – from books to comics, magazines to newspapers.

  2. Read in front of your children. Kids aren’t stupid. If they don’t see us reading, they’ll never read.

  3. Read with your children. The single best way to encourage your children to read is to read aloud to them. Read aloud to your children as often as possible.

Being a parent is not easy, but there are easy ways to help spread the joy of reading to your children.