Sunday, July 31, 2016

When Books Inspire . . .

If a book sparks an interest in your child—say something a character does or perhaps an intriguing and unique setting—see if you can replicate the experience. 

If your child is fascinated by something she reads in a book, encouraging that interest will strengthen the connection between books and her life. Plus, you are showing your child that reading about something opens a door to new ideas to try.

Plant magic beans. Dig a rabbit hole. Set up a tent in the bedroom. Visit a firehouse. If the story she likes is realistic, you can try to plan an event. If it is a fantasy, let your child’s imagination run the event. She can travel to the moon in your living room.

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What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.