With so many digital options and distractions available to kids these days, sitting down and reading an actual book might seem like a foreign concept to some children. The benefits to curling up with a good book at a young age are numerous.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the benefits of reading for kids and teens start int he brain as early as infancy. In a study conducted by the AAP, researchers found that kids who are read to regularly when they’re little develop stronger relationships with the parents. For older kids, the benefits include developing stronger social skills, vocabulary, writing skills and helps them to better understand more complex ideas. Books can also teach children lessons about considering other people’s feelings, seeing things from a different perspective and being kind to those who might look different.
Tips for getting your kids to read more:
- Keep books at a child-friendly height: Keep books somewhere it’s easy for kids to reach them.
- Read wherever you go: Red with your child wherever you go during your daily routines. Read menus, road signs or advertisements.
- Let kids pick their own books: Give your kids the choice to pick their own books at the bookstore or library.
- Create a reading nook: Use a corner with a special chair, pillows, blankets, a basket of books and string lights for decoration.
- Start a reading challenge: Use a system of rewards for regular reading or start a challenge to read a certain amount of books in a set time.