When it comes to reading we all want our kids to read but all of us know how much it cost to buy books everyday so we met Eden the founder of BOOKISH Dubai’s book rental service that delivers adult and children’s best sellers to you check what she have to say about getting your child to read.
Ten ways to get your children reading
1. PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO BOOKS
As the old adage goes “Variety is the spice of life” and that’s definitely true with your child’s reading life. The books they want to read will change based on their ages,friends, and trends, so they will need new books regularly.
The absolute easiest way to ensure your child has access to books is to join Bookish.ae , Dubai’s online library that delivers. Library books are delivered to your home or office with no due dates or late fees.
2. LET THEM CHOOSE WHAT TO READ
Rather than steering your child towards educational books, allow them to choose their own books. They be more likely to read and begin to see reading as a leisure habit to be enjoyed outside of school.
3. CREATE A READING CORNER
Having a special place to read at home will encourage your child to curl up with a good book. Your reading corner can be as simple as a bean bag chair placed in a quiet corner.
4. READ IN FRONT OF THEM
You are the most important role model in your children’s lives. If they see you reading, they will think to themselves “Mommy reads, daddy reads, I should read.” Read any print materials– magazines, newspapers, company reports, anything– in front of them regularly.
5. READ TO THEM AT ANY AGE
Research shows that even children who can read benefit greatly from someone reading out loud to them. It boosts their vocabularies, corrects pronunciation, and reinforces parent-child bonds. Start reading to them when they are little and don’t stop!
6. ESTABLISH A BEDTIME ROUTINE
Regular reading is a habit as much as a passion. By adding reading to your bedtime routine, you will make sure you fit reading into the day.
7. PAIR OFFLINE WITH ONLINE
Let children enjoy their favorite animated characters offline as well as online. Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger, and Disney characters all have book series that mirror the story lines of the shows your children watch on TV and Youtube. Since they already know the characters, it will be easy for them to start loving the books.
8. SUPPORT SCHOOL READING PROGRAMS
Many schools and nurseries have parent reading hours, book character days, reading fairs, reading challenges, and drop everything and read programs. Get interested in these!
9. GO TO READING EVENTS
There are some great reading events held throughout the year in the UAE. Make a fun weekend of going to them with your family. Here are a few to watch for: Emirates Litfest (March), Sharjah Book Fair (November), and Sharjah Children’s Reading Fair (April), and DUCTAC stage shows based on books. For weekly story times, check out
Bookish.ae and the Old Library.
10. MAKE READING ITS OWN REWARD
It’s tempting to “reward” children for reading by giving them stickers or treats that actually act as incentives to read. Instead, buy the book they ask for next time you are in the book store.
Bookish.ae is Dubai’s book rental service that delivers adult and children’s best sellers to your home or office. No due dates. No late fees. Free delivery all over Dubai. Choose from thousands of best sellers in Adult Fiction, Adult Non-fiction, Young Adult & Teen, and Children&’s books. Membership plans start at only AED 49 per month.