When it comes to getting kids fired up about reading, the possibilities are endless. Every child is unique in his or her own way. Therefore, there is no “one size fits all” method. What works for one child may not work for another. That is why it is extremely important to try as many methods as possible; and when you’ve found one that works, don’t stop there. Keep exploring many others. Kids are constantly growing and changing. What may have worked last year may not work this year.
In light and awareness of our forever-growing and developing kids (physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually, etc.), we at Book Kids are constantly exploring and sharing many different ways to get kids not only reading, but loving every minute of it. One that we wholeheartedly swear by is the giving of gifts that encourage reading. We are a gift-giving society (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, just because, etc). Adults and kids alike love giving and receiving gifts. In the midst of all the gift-giving practices, I highly recommend giving gifts that encourage and promote reading. Here are five:
1. Books. Yes, books. If you want to motivate a child to read and love it, buy him or her some books. There is a book out there for every child, even the ones who claim to dislike reading. Investigate what his or her favorite books, kinds of books, or book characters are and jump at that opportunity. You may even take your child out on a book shopping spree. Make it fun and exciting. Have your child pick out his or her own book; that way you can ensure that he or she will most likely read it.
2. Magazine Subscriptions. These make excellent gifts to get kids reading. In 5 Reading Tips to Ensure Your Book Kids Are Achieving the 20 Minutes A Day Reading Recommendation, I mentioned two of Book Kids’ favorites. However, it is best to subscribe to the ones in which your kids have interest. Find out what topics interest or fascinate your child and subscribe to magazines that focus on those topics.
3. Bookmarks. Always jump at the opportunity to give your kids bookmarks. Yes, even the older ones love some cool bookmarks. Every time we visit our local library, my kids are grabbing bookmarks. You may make them, buy them or get them free from the internet or libraries. I suggest getting the ones that highlight reading (reading images, poems and quotes) or ones with your child’s favorite book characters. Check out Free Printable Bookmarks from Book Kids.
4. Kindle. Purchase a kindle device or subscribe to kindle unlimited, where your kids have access to numerous (over 700,000) titles and audiobooks on any device for $9.99 a month. We at Book Kids swear by free and inexpensive ways to get kids reading, therefore this may or may not suit your budget. However, I will say that it is well worth the investment.
5. A Bean Bag Chair and a Blanket. Okay, so I combined these two because they just seem to go hand in hand. Just writing this makes me want to go and grab a book. I’m guessing it will do the same for your book kids as well. Try getting these for your kids and see whether they turn them down. I believe not!
These gifts may cost a buck or two …okay, maybe a little more, but the end results are priceless, seeing your child develop and maintain this deep love, passion and appreciation for reading. Now let’s get out there and treat our children to some gifts that encourage and promote reading, tangible gifts that ultimately evolve into the ultimate intangible gift that keeps on giving -the gift of reading.
By: Dawn Hoff, Book Kids