fostering a love of reading
Frame supports if there is a struggle—
o Make explicit connections between the ability to read and future options in life.
o Find role models who struggled with reading-but who persevered
Have plenty of books available.
o Read whatever they find engaging
o Take trips to the Midland Public Library often—maybe a set day
Connect reading to your teen’s passion or stories of overcoming obstacles.
o Discuss (What do you suspect will happen next? What has been the best part, so far?)
Make reading special and important. Provide a cozy reading space-quiet, comfortable with choice lighting. Decorate the area with your child’s input. Reward reading. Use reading as a before-bedtime routine to soften and quiet the house for winding down and getting ready to rest or as a way to transition to a calm and serene home.
Read in front of your child.
On trips, bring a book.
Google compelling stories.–The Book Whisperer is a great source.
Tie reading to social media.
o Encourage teens to follow a blog.
o Have students read interesting posts aloud to you.
Leverage your child’s interest in current events. Politics, trends, entertainment, upcoming events, astrological events, holidays, news stories.
Introduce readers to audiobooks
Reader’s Digest link
Open Culture link
Freed Audiobooks in Google Play link