Find Something That Interests Them.
Simple enough, right? My son Shaun is a fantastic reader... but he can be rather particular when it comes to book selections. I am always on the lookout for books that will catch his attention. Take whatever your child loves, and find as many books as you can on the topic! Take my son for instance. He loves time travel, science and trains so options like Willie's Redneck Time Machine, Imagination Station series and The Boxcar Children series have all be fantastic options for him!
Comic Books... Are Still Books!
Reading is reading. So encourage your child to read whatever they like best! Billboard signs, newspapers, closed captioning on the TV... these helped my son grow his learning skills long before we found books to hold his interest! Comic books are an ideal way to keep kids who may not otherwise be interested in reading interested! Veggie Tales Super Comics are a huge hit in my house!
Make Reading an Experience.
If you're reading books like My Princesses Learn To Share, create a whole princess experience! Put on some crowns, bring out the wants, have fun! Reading about time machines? Create your own Imagination Station from a cardboard box! Reading Veggie Tales? Check out this post to create your own Veggie puppets! Bring your child's books to life with an all out full sensory experience!
Reward Them For Reading.
Who doesn't love being rewarded for their hard work? Kids are no different! So reward your kids for reading through great programs like Family Christian's Summer Reading Program!! Here's how it works:
- The Challenge: Have your little one read 6 Christian books of their choosing (see below for some suggestions!). If your little one is too young to read, you can read to them! Complete a short Book Report Form for each book, and return to your local Family Christian store. Don't live close? Don't worry, you can still participate by emailing your complete forms and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Reward: When your child has completed their 6 book reports, Family Christian will reward them with a $10 certificate to shop for their favorite Christian books, Veggie Tales or so much more available for kids at Family Christian!