Guest post by Eugenia Sincovich.
Growing up my mother always bought me books and I learned to love them from a young age. She would read them to me before bedtime and then, would leave them with me so I could explore them, even if I couldn’t read yet.
As soon as I was able to understand them on my own, I read them thousands of times. The accomplishment that comes from reading a book cover to cover made me feel great.
As I grew up, my interests begun to change and my mother was very aware of that. I switched to horror stories and longer books, but she still had an input on what I was reading and made sure that it was age appropriate.
Their reading level
If a book is too difficult, they will get frustrated when they can’t follow it as fast as they would want to. However, unless they are really young, there will rarely be a book they won’t understand. Most fiction is made to fit a middle schooler’s reading level
Don’t discourage them if the book they choose is “too easy”, because they might chose it to relax as opposed to more difficult books they need to read for school. It’s ok for you to mention, casually, the potential difficulties when approaching certain books, but in the end it’s up to them. As long as they are exercising their brains, it’s all that matters!
As far as the length of the book you should consider two things: if the book is harder but shorter, this will improve their skills. If the book is easier but longer, he could learn to read at a higher speed and the sense of accomplishment from reading a book cover to cover will make him feel great.
If you are trying to get a reluctant little fellow to read, you should start with a shorter, maybe lower level reading material, something they can show for once they’re done. They will feel great and want more challenges. You can slowly upgrade the level and teach them.
Find the interest
When looking for a children’s book, especially if you are not the kid’s parent, can be quite difficult. You can talk to a librarian that has plenty of experience. You’ll notice that this person will focus mainly on the kid’s previous interest: “which book does he love?” as opposed to just asking how old is the reader in question.
With a less enthusiastic reader, you can try audio books. This will avoid just reading before bed, one night at a time, and it will stop quitting urges when there’s a word they can’t understand. Listening to the whole sentence will help them figure out meanings by context.
Sharing the experience
It’s a good thing to share reading interest with the kid. This can be done in at least tow ways:
Listening to audio books in the car. You can all enjoy the wonders of the literary world at the same time on a road trip or on the way to school.
Starting a Family Book Club. Get at least two copies of the same book, read them at your own time and then discuss it. This is a great bonding experience. You can later invite other members of the family or even friends!
It’s always a good choice to stick with the classics. That way your child will find it easier to share his reading interest with his friends that will most likely read the same books.
The Harry Potter series.
The Secret Garden, Treasure Island and the Sherlock Holmes series
For younger kids, Mother Goose, A Child’s Garden of Verses and A Child’s Book of Poems, all illustrated by Gyo Fujikama
About the author:
Eugenia Sincovich is an Argentinean writer that can’t seem to stay in one place! She loves everything that reminds her that she’s alive and does her best to convey those feelings into her texts. She currently writes for iNetGiant.
Disclosure. I received no compensation for this publication. All opinions are my own. Regardless I only share what I think will be good for my readers.