With the advances in technology and what seems to be shorter attention spans, it can be hard to tear your kids away from their phones.
As kids, we used to love losing ourselves in a great book and transporting to another world. But this isn’t as common as it used to be, with more kids playing Minecraft than reading Harry Potter.
To celebrate our love for books, we’ve given our top tips for getting kids more interested in reading.
When kids are used to getting their information in bite sized chunks, handing them a huge novel isn’t exactly going to go down well.
Starting off with shorter reads like magazines or graphic novels will be much more appealing and do-able for your kids. The likes of graphic novels and comics are especially appealing to kids, opting for bright pictures instead of long blocks of text.
One of the most effective ways of getting your kids more invested in books is to actually read books yourself.
If you’re not interested in reading, why should they be?
Kids will often subconsciously emulate their parents, so setting a good example by picking up a book yourself is definitely a good plan for peaking your kids’ interest. This also means that you are able to sit back and enjoy a good book, so it’s a win/win situation for everyone.
Everyone’s tastes are different, and no one is going to like every single book.
With some many different genres and millions of books in the world, it’s pretty likely that you went through a variety of books before finding a style that you like. The same idea applies to your kids, so it’s important to offer up a variety of books and let them find the kind of book they like to read.
Whether you’re into sci-fi, romance or thriller, everyone’s tastes are different.
One trick to use when trying to persuade your kids to pick up the books is to offer up some books that are related to the other things that they like, such as video games and TV shows.
You don’t have to look far to find books based on popular games, show and films, and providing extra content surrounding their likes will definitely grab their attention.
For example, superhero films have seen a huge surge in recent years thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC films, so giving kids a comic book with Iron Man or Captain America blasted on the cover is bound to keep them happy.
Using books as a conversation starter is a fun way to engage with your kids and get them talking about what they are currently reading.
Giving kids a platform to talk about what they are reading will encourage them to get excited and show them that you care. Ask questions about the story and the characters in their current read and watch their faces light up.
As with most things, pushing an idea too hard can have a tendency to put people off.
Trying to push or force kids to put the phone down and pick up a book is definitely not the best plan, as this will likely put them off.
Bring up the idea naturally as a suggestion and you’ll guaranteed to see more of an interest out of them.
Lastly, one of the most effective ways to keep your kids interested and reading is to buy them some new books!
We all like getting new things, and new books are no different. Buying a new book for your kid is always going to grab their attention, so treat them to something new.
If you’re looking to get your hands on some new books, be sure to check out The Works at The Harvey Centre for some fantastic deals.