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Do you have a reluctant reader? I did — and I tried everything to get her to like books and engage with stories. Here are some of the odd things I tried that seemed to work.
Read to a child while they are at the table eating. (Sitting still. Undivided attention.)
Go to the library and let her check out as many books as she wants. Even if it’s 60! Even if it’s 100! Who isn’t going to be excited about that? (Besides your back?)
Give books as rewards. Go to a garage sale or a book store and let him pick out reward books you can dole out later.
Read to her when she’s sad or mad. This associates books with comfort.
If you play an audio book in the car or living room, someone listening just might get hooked. (Besides you.)
Let him stay up late to read in bed with a flashlight or headlamp. Breaking rules is fun!
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I agonized and worried for years that my daughter wouldn’t love books. A wise friend told me to relax, not push too hard and it would come. I’m not sure I totally relaxed but somehow, it did eventually “click” and now my daughter loves to read.
How about you? What have you done that’s worked? What are you trying now?
Find many more ideas in my book, Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader.