Developing strong reading skills early on is essential for healthy childhood development – yet, if your niño is less than enthralled by their available reading library, many of the benefits may be lost on them. In this post, we’ll discuss some different methods for finding and choosing the right books for your child.
Most children develop storytelling preferences at a very young age, so it's never too early to start personalizing your reading. Maybe they want to hear tales of princesses and fantasy worlds, or maybe they love non-fiction educational books about animals – there’s a whole world of book genres and topics to choose from, after all!
Not sure? Some great places to start include:
If you and your child are both unsure what interests them most, chances are you will need to try out a few different topics before finding the ones that stick.
When exploring different book topics and genres, ask your child questions along the way, such as:
Guiding your child through this self-reflection can help shed light on what they do and do not like about a story – which can be a great jumping-off point for picking out new reading, and discovering what aspects or details of a book they pay the most attention to. This is important information, as it can tell you a lot about your child’s reading and learning style.
Naturally, kids will inherently enjoy books about their favorite subjects the best. As they discover more books they love, you can look for commonalities outside of just the main topic or genre, such as:
By paying attention to these kinds of details as your child learns to read, you will be better equipped for finding new books for them to enjoy.
Allowing your child to pick out their own books is one of the best ways to encourage an independent, lasting love for reading.
Letting your child pick the books they want to read helps to build their sense of self-confidence in their own decision-making abilities. Plus, it can help to reveal what topics they are truly the most interested in – even if they have said otherwise!
Kids can be finicky and their interests can change on a whim. Giving the child the freedom of choice helps to ensure they are always choosing and reading books that align with their current interests and passions.
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