GET CHILDREN ENTHUSED: Parents need to demonstrate a love for reading, said Kate Petersen, the Title I program coordinator and reading specialist in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
“Just being enthusiastic about books and what’s going on gets kids enthused about it. Children love language and they need to talk about what they are reading. Ask questions. Get them to respond, to make predictions, to relate it to another story they might have heard,” Petersen said.
BOOK CLUBS: Children can discuss books through book clubs. The Scottsdale Public Library offers monthly programs and book clubs to get kids excited about reading, including:
• Reading Cafe (ages 8 to 11)
• Teen Book Bistro (ages 12 to 18)
• “Motheread” workshops, for parents of preschoolers or beginning readers who want to help their children get exited about books.
For more information, visit http://library.scottsdaleaz.gov/programs/kids.htm.
• Establish a special area and time in the home for children to read at least 15 minutes daily
• Find books and magazines that deal with your child’s interests.
• Take weekly trips to the library.
• Read books aloud together.
• Encourage your child to read favorite books again or to read other books by that author.
• Leave books and magazines lying around the house.
• Make reading stress-free. “If they get tired, maybe I’d suggest they do a page, then I read a page,” Petersen said. “Make sure you end it on a positive note.”