Wednesday, July 31, 2013

5 Tips for Raising Book lovers [UBC Post 27]

Every book lover dreams of having a book lover in his or her child too. Though many kids take to reading themselves but there are certain things which you can do to pave the way for your child into the world of reading.

Here are a few tips to raising book lovers:

1. Start Early. Make it a way of daily life.
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The best time to introduce reading to your child is now. Yes. The sooner the better. Even one month old baby benefits when they are read to. At that age, you can read just about anything to him. I remember I used to read aloud whatever books I would be reading at that time. Once it was 'Stay Hungry Stay Foolish' ha ha! Jokes apart, make reading to or with your child part of your daily routine. The formative years are the time to instill habits in kids. Make the best of it. We usually read during afternoons since my son used to be quite hyper just before sleeping. We had to switch off the lights for him to sleep. But recently, I started reading before bedtime and he just wouldn't let us drop that even when we are tired or late. He will get the bunch of books. Sometimes it is too funny!

2. Surround him with good books. 
Today there is an extensive range of books for each age-group. With imported books available at online stores and with several Indian publishers [like Duckbill Books, Tulika Publishers, Tara Books, Karadi Tales] creating books for Indian kids, it is a wonderful time to be a young reader. Take time to research and find books that are appealing and according to the child's age. I had shared a list of Fiction books which I have been reading to my son [ he just turned 2]. I will suggest you must read the book yourself first before passing it on to your kids. Not all books available for children in the market are good in quality and content or preaching the values you would like to inculcate in your child. I had shared my bad experience with a few kiddie books here

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3. Provide enough opportunities for reading. 
If you have good books but your TV is blaring all the time, chances are your child wouldn't be drawn to opening the book. TV is a visual medium - bright, attractive, dynamic. Compare it with a book. But of course, TV will dumb you down, books will make you imaginative. And I am sure, that is what you want for your kids. So, fix a time for TV [not more than 40-45 minutes for young kids]. 
If possible, create a reading corner for your child. See the picture. Even I would like to spend hours here. This place looks cozy and welcoming. We have a playing area in a corner of my living room. This place is for Dining Table but I have decided to wait for a while before I invite more trouble for myself. He will stand on top of the table or jump around the chairs. This place is just across the kitchen, so if I am doing something, I can keep an eye on him. I wanted to create a reading corner in another room with an open bookcase but at the last moment we felt he would start climbing up the shelves. So, we have dropped the idea for the moment. But I am going to get it may be in another year. 

4. Set an Example. Read yourself.
 Like in everything else, the child is going to copy you. If you are a voracious reader yourself, read all the time, love your books, care for your books; then chances are it is going to rub off on your child too. So, do what you preach. 

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5. Join a library. Visit bookstores together. 
A library will provide you a wide range of books. There are different kinds of libraries these days. There are also the ones in which you can order online and get the books delivered at your doorstep. And there are good old libraries where you visit the library, spend time, select books and issue them. I would suggest prefer those libraries. A library is a place where you will find other readers. It is inspiring to find other young readers. 
Along with library, also visit bookstores together when you go to buy books. When the kids are a little older, allow them to choose some of the books [with your approval of course]. 
Moreover, there are storytelling sessions for young kids these days, like the ones Falak takes. It helps to generate interest in kids through interesting storytelling techniques and related activities.

So, have you got any tip for me? 




10 comments:

  1. Wonderfully thought-out post, with adorable pictures to illustrate the point being made. Handy tips for one of my golden rules in life - make reading a habit! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Sakshi. I hope it works on my child. Shilpa has scared me a lot :-(

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  2. Agree with all the 5 pointers you have mentioned. While, I implemented all these things, sonny boy never took a great liking to books. He reads them but is not into books, completely. I guess, genes also play a role. His father stays away from books, reads some 2-3 books in a year!! So guess, he has taken the 'love' for books from him!! *Big Sigh*

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    1. Oh my God! what are you saying? Mera to aur bhi poor chance hai. My hubby has read only 2 non-academic books in his life - Five Point Someone and the Alchemist.

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  3. Wow, one of the very few reasons that make me want to have kids - visiting library together :D. All the points sound right. And that reading corner ka pic looks super cozy.

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    1. Ha ha I hope I get to see that day when my kiddo becomes a book lover. You remember last month I created my dream home library? I love reading nooks :-)

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  4. Oh those are such lovely pointers Reema ... really superb...

    not sure if this would be a gr8 tip...but my mother (who reads only malayalam & does not know English) wanted to encourage reading in us..so every 3rd saturday she would ask us to invite 1-2 friends home and they were supposed to bring books...then she would make yummy snacks and we used to do some group reading...

    The benefit was since mummy didn't know english the other aunties who came along would take care of that part and it benefited us a lot... sort of mini reading group :D :D (luv my intelligent mom♥)

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    1. Wow! That's an awesome idea Sunita! Your mom did such a wonderful thing. I hope I do such things too.

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    2. In angel's fren circle no fren reads books, so when any of them come to my house, I read to them together and they show full interest.
      Angel feel so proud in group reading as most of time she has read that book multiple time and keep on telling what comes next to her frens :-)
      I am doing all this excpet reading corner..there is no reading corner in my house..i have plan to make this soon :-)

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    3. That is so cool. The reader girl will always have an advantage about the non-readers, I tell you :-)

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