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Top 10 Tips to Keep Kids Reading

Date: June 22, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

It doesn't take the magical powers of Harry Potter to get your child to read. Instead, your children will take their cues from you. Ellen Lynch, coordinator of the early childhood care and education program at the University of Cincinnati's University College, explains parents play a crucial role in their childrens' attitudes about reading - attitudes that start forming before a child can even talk.

"Children develop a love of and appreciation for books long before they are actually able to make sense of the print that appears on the page," says Lynch. "When children have books read to them, they begin to learn the rhythm and sounds of their language. They also learn to associate books with pleasant feelings, as they're cuddled in an adult's lap during a story."

Here are Ellen Lynch's top 10 tips for parents who want to encourage their child to read:

1. Have books in your home. This demonstrates to your child that books are important.

2. Be a role model and read.

3. Read to your child at least once a day.

4. Establish a special time and place for reading together.

5. Don't over-react to torn pages, crayon and tooth marks in books! Young children are experiencing books for the first time and will want to explore with their hands and mouth.

6. Look for books that are age appropriate. Cloth and vinyl are ideal for younger children.

7. Books with rhyme and repetition will keep your child's attention.

8. Take your child to the library on a regular basis. Get them a library card.

9. Give books as gifts.

10. Remember children are never too young or too old to hear you read!

Lynch also lists her favorite websites that feature children's literature:

Children's Book Council

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

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