Encouraging Young Readers

Ryan Jo

What sort of books do you like to read? Classics? Best sellers? Mysteries? Thrillers?  A ‘Brand name’ author? Non-fiction? Military? Historical? Poetry? How about graphic novels? The list of reading material is as far-reaching as the sands on a beach. In fact, when it comes to reading, the world is your oyster.  So what about the younger readers within your circle? As adult bookworms, we have an obligation to encourage the next generations behind us. However, not every child likes to read or is good at it or finds it all that enjoyable.
Depending on the age and skill level of the young reader, there are numerous methods useful to turn kids into readers and keep them reading. First, regardless of the young reader’s desire or skill, there are some basics to begin with. Share your love of reading with them. Show them what you’re reading and why you like it. If you have childhood books still saved, share these literary treasures. Tell them the stories around the stories. Why did you keep some books for years? What draws you to the genres you prefer?

Read the entire article in the April 2019 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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