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Learn To Love Reading

Five ways to encourage reluctant readers

Here is one way Project SMILE Book Club encourages children to feel excited about books, which also come in handy when writing for reluctant readers.


1. Reading for pleasure

Levels and book bands are useful tools, but it’s most important to focus on making reading fun and exciting. To avoid making reading feel like a chore or a race, Project SMILE Book Club parents learned to be interested and impressed by whatever their children are reading.

For most children, reading for pleasure starts with snugly bedtime stories. There’s no need to stop this daily ritual once children can read the words themselves. Listening to stories is a great way to nurture a love of books. It also helps a child to access interesting content above their reading level. As they get older, take it in turns to read a sentence, page or chapter each.


Informational Resource: Oxford Press | Houston Public Library | College Cafe | The Kabir Family | Great School Speakers Bureau

Photo Credit: Maya Nicole White

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