Think beyond chapter books when asking your kids to read. Chapter books are just one of many reading options. Here are seven more reading ideas to entice your kids into more reading.
7 Reading Ideas Beyond Chapter Books
1. The Newspaper
Our daughter saw the headline about McDonald’s in the above newspaper 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. (Well, that wasn’t intentional but it’s a good idea for the future!)
Pull out the Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Comics, or Opinion sections for your kids. What will they like?
I’ve stopped all my magazine subscriptions just in time for my kids to ramp up. They get and 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 “Wicked” this summer, I bought the huge tome which accompanied the musical. It’s already provided hours of reading engagement.
Also try I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems By Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano which is not quite as funny but still hilarious if you’re a dog lover.
Song lyrics count as poetry, too. Look up song lyrics — I guarantee they’re great conversation starters. (Or stoppers, depending!)
5. Graphic novels count, too!
We love graphic novels — how about your family?
6. 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, they’re short gems filled with incredible stories and life lessons.
Above, the kids are listening to the playback of the Todd Parr book they recorded using SparkUp.
7. Activity books
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