“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
These are powerful words, and they speak to the power of reading to open doors to empathy, adventure, and learning. A love of reading doesn't happen automatically though. It needs to be nurtured and guided until it flourishes into a well-read, well-rounded human being.
That's why we put together a presentation of some of our favorite ways to help kids learn to love reading, gathered from the contributions of Edutopia's educators and parents.
As we compiled this presentation, we noticed four major themes:
- Choice: Children are more likely to read when their interests are taken into account and they have control of how and what to read.
- Availability: Opportunities to read should be plentiful and books (and other reading material) available in all the places children visit.
- Safety & Support: Safe, comfortable reading spaces encourage visitors. As do confidence in being able to find the right book and having a reading buddy to read to.
- Creativity: Reading a book doesn't have to be where the story ends. Kids can have fun creatively expressing what they've read, and they don't have to know that they're also demonstrating their comprehension. :)
You'll find all 37 tips in the presentation below. If you have any tips of your own, share them with us in the comments.