Focus: Encouraging Kids to Read

Here at Elephant Books we believe in children reading. That’s why we’ve assembled some of our favorite articles on fostering reading in one place.

There is no one way to encourage children reading. Each kid has to go at his or her on pace. That said, there are a lot of ways you can help. Reading is so fundamental to a child’s development and something here at Elephant Books that we explore every day. Below are collected some of the articles we’ve written that explore the topic of children reading.

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The Book Club for Kids!

Looking back at some of the authors we have interviewed, we found that they’ve given some interesting insights and opinions on how life-long book lovers come to be. In our interviews, we’ve asked these authors to reflect on their own journeys as young readers to see if perhaps there’s something in the proverbial water. We’ve also asked them, however, to provide advice to parents who want to inspire a similar love of reading in their children. The answers to both of these questions are quite interesting and insightful.

Authors’ Views on Challenges to Reading

One of our favorite parts of the job is the opportunity to interact with the authors and illustrators we feature each month in our selections. A question we often ask them is what they see as the key challenges facing parents as they try to promote and encourage reading in their homes. Here is a compilation of some of the responses our authors have given over time.

Discussing the Elements of a Story

One of our favorite parts of the job is the opportunity to interact with the authors and illustrators we feature each month in our selections. A question we often ask them is what they see as the key challenges facing parents as they try to promote and encourage reading in their homes. Here is a compilation of some of the responses our authors have given over time.

Engaging with Illustrations

In picture and board books, text and illustration work hand-in-hand. Oftentimes, each provides different information, so it’s essential to understand both and how they work together. That’s why it’s important to look closely at illustrations to fully comprehend and engage with the book. This month we look at some of the ways illustrations help guide learning and comprehension. Plus, we give some tips regarding how to leverage illustrations when reading with your little one.

Reading Theatrically

The way that you read a story can get your child more excited about reading and can increase their comprehension of the story. Speaking at different volumes, using different voices, varying your reading speed, employing expressive hand motions, and acting the story out all help your child to better understand the story. Consequently, reading theatrically is a great way to keep them tuned in to a story while also expanding their literacy skills.

Exploring the Parts of a Book

Pointing out the different parts of a book is likely something you already do before you read. What you might not realize, however, is that doing so can really help your child develop strong literacy skills and grow into a great reader. Even just reading out the title of the book or pointing to an aspect of the cover art helps your child engage further in the text and develop positive reading habits.

The Lifelong Benefits of Reading

If you can get your kids to love cracking open a book, they are going to reap big benefits. Just by reading a few minutes every day to them while they are young, you may be sparking a lifelong love and helping them unlock the key to a bright and happy future.

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For more great articles on reading, kids, and the love of books, visit our blog for the latest posts from the team here at Elephant Books.

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