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In some circumstances, when you mention reading a book to kids, you see the glaze look appear over their faces—and maybe even some eye rolling. Presentation is everything, so getting kids exciting about reading really comes down to how you present it to them. Truth be told, books hold adventures, expectations and ways that you and your kids may never have the experience to have in any other way.
Get Lost in a Book
When it is a good book and a book that holds the interest of the reader, it is easy to get lost in the book. It is easy to not want to put the book down, not even for a minute, because you simply can’t stand not knowing what happens next. This is the type of feeling you have to instill in your children. In other words, you have to find topics, characters and genres of books that seem to capture and hold the attention of your child better than others.
The love of reading is also a monkey see, monkey do type activity. When your kids see that you love to read and they witness you reading and enjoying books, they are more apt to partake in the activity themselves. In addition to leading by example, you can also make reading a special activity that you share with your child. Each night, sit down and read an entire book, a few pages or an entire chapter of a book with your child. How much you read and what you read, for example, will depend on the age of your child (and possibly their attention span).