Five ways to encourage your child to love books

Raise a happy reader with these quick tips

Five ways to encourage your child to love books

1. Tap into your child’s interests
Whether it’s football, horses or witches, seek out books and magazines on her favourite subject.

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2. Make it rewarding
Give books as a reward or a treat, rather than forcing your child to read, as this will help to make them appear worthwhile, exciting and something to look forward to.

3. Read together
Find a book that interests you both. If your child is old enough to read, take turns to read a favourite book to each other.

4. Ban distractions
Set aside a quiet time when the television or computer is switched off. This will highlight reading as an enjoyable alternative option.

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5. Be a good role model
The best way to encourage reading is to let your child see you reading to show her that is is useful, fun and a pleasurable way to spend her time.