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How to Make Reading Fun

By: Retired Librarian Lin Edmonston

January 29, 2019

Not all kids are voracious readers, but those who aren't can be convinced it is a worthwhile experience. You may have two or more children in the same family with different attitudes toward reading. I did! One read in the bathtub, at recess and walking the dog (all bad ideas). Every spare minute of her day was filled with reading. My other child was more hands-on with learning and worked well on projects and building. Very different! Parents often have to adjust and adapt and make reading fun!

In her article 6 Tips to Make Reading Fun, Not Frustrating, Melissa Taylor highlights six “Fun Rules” that can help parents “sell” reading to their children. I encourage you to explore this resource and equip yourself with some of these tricks.

  1. Read the right books.
  2. Let kids choose their own books.
  3. Go beyond the (traditional) book.
  4. Create a totally awesome reading area.
  5. Be a little naughty.
  6. Don't ignore the elephant.

Common Sense Media is one of my favorite websites for both teachers and parents. Regan McMahon’s article How to Raise a Reader is loaded with ideas on making reading a fun and an interesting activity. It’s a challenge to compete with electronic devices and Netflix. Make reading a special part of your day.

If you need help finding books that may be of interest to your child, check out the following lists prepared by Brightly. While I can’t guarantee your child will love every book, these lists certainly give parents a place to start.

These lists are also downloadable, so print them out to take with you to the St. Louis County Library or Rossman Library. Every family has a library barcode that enables you to come in and check books out with your child. 

In the Rossman Library, I also am striving to make reading fun! Last week Junior and Senior Kindergarten enjoyed Warm and Fuzzy Day. We snuggled by the fireplace in blankets and quilts with stuffed animal reading buddies then enjoyed cookies and milk! What could be better on these frigid, cold days?

Rossman School, nestled on a 20-acre campus in Creve Coeur, is an independent preparatory school for students in Junior Kindergarten (four years old) through Grade 6. The school’s mission is to provide a strong, well-balanced education in a nurturing school community committed to excellence. Dedicated to developing personal, nurturing relationships with each child, Rossman’s experienced educators provide a solid foundation in academics, athletics and arts while emphasizing strong character development and leadership skills.​ Request a free Rossman School brochure here.

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