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37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

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“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.

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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 the tips in the presentation below:

37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

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