Think beyond chapter books when asking your kids to read. Chapter books are just one of the many reading options. Here are eight more reading ideas to entice your kids into more and more reading.
8 Reading Ideas Beyond Chapter Books
I’ve stopped all my magazine subscriptions just in time for my kids to ramp up. They love American Girl, Discovery Girls, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse. One of their favorite things in magazines is to take the (totally ridiculous) quizzes. Reading is reading!
When we saw the musical “Wicked” this summer, I bought the huge tome all about the production and the story. It’s already provided hours of reading engagement for my daughter.
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Song lyrics count as poetry, too. Look up song lyrics — I guarantee they’re great conversation starters. (Or stoppers, depending!)
4. Graphic novels count, too!
We love graphic novels — how about your family?
5. Picture Books
Most picture books (not all!) are written at an upper elementary level of vocabulary. Not only are picture books rich with word choice, but they’re also short gems filled with incredible stories and life lessons.
6. The Newspaper
Does anyone even get the newspaper anymore? Comment and let me know!
A few years ago, our daughter saw the headline about McDonald’s in the newspaper’s Op-Ed section, read the editorial, and had a lot of questions about it. I loved that she read a story that looked interesting to her and I especially loved that she wanted to understand it better.
We normally don’t get the paper but occasionally do. And leave it lying around for kid discovery.
Maybe pull out the Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Comics, or Opinion sections for your kids.
What will they like?
7. Activity books
Activity books involve reading! Some more than others. Find all the best activity books for all ages including sticker, coloring, search and find, and more. Then, check out this list of interactive adventure books for growing readers.
Of course, we can’t forget audiobooks. These books are reading with your ears…and DO count as reading.
Audiobooks are my teenager’s go-to way to read books these days. And I say, whatever gets them reading books is fine with me!
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