4 Books to Foster a Love of Reading in Young Children

3 Feb

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Reading skill at an early age is not only one of the strongest predictors of overall school success, but it is also correlated with adult health! When a skill is so crucial to supporting a lifetime of learning, it’s important children become comfortable with it from an early age. Getting children to fall in love with reading will introduce new vocabulary, build comprehension skills, and expand children’s experiences beyond what’s immediate. Sometimes encouraging struggling readers can be as simple as promoting the reading material that they are invested in. We have four book suggestions that we hope will encourage your children to think of reading as less of an obligation and more of an enjoyment.

1. I Love Animals—Big Book

You will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn’t love animals! Encourage children to love reading about them too with I Love Animals, a journey full of colorful hand illustrations and enough animals for your reader to find their favorite!

2. DC Super Heroes

Some children think reading is boring—until you add a super hero! Comic chapter books are a great middle ground that uses colorful illustrations of children’s favorite heroes while also encouraging reading skills as children learn about bravery, loyalty and heroism.

3. Feels Real Board Book Set (Set of 8)

Bringing multiple senses to the reading experience can go a long way in developing a child’s love of reading. The Feels Real board books are a great way for tactile children to use touch as they try out simple words and test five different touch and feel textures.

4. Henry Helps Book Set (Set of 7)

Another way to get children to become invested in the reading experience is by giving them a chance to attach to characters. Henry is a great character to follow through this captivating series as he teaches children responsibility, teamwork, and how to build self-esteem. After reading the series, children will not only be more open to new reading experiences, but they will have also picked up social emotional skills along the way!

Want to learn more about the benefits of early literacy? Here are some great parenting resources:

3 Responses to “4 Books to Foster a Love of Reading in Young Children”

  1. Tad - (ScientologyParent) February 3, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    For me, the key was finding subject matter they really WANT to read about. My son is infatuated with trains, so i got him a ton of the step-into-reading Thomas books. He cant put them down: http://youtu.be/vCgZRTGOWjc.

    My daughter, on the other hand is the animal type, and its been curiously tougher to find books that will hold her attention in the same way.

    • Kaplan Toys February 3, 2015 at 11:05 am #

      Trains are always fun! Thanks for sharing. As far as ideas for your daughter, have you tried puppets to go along with her animal books? Dramatic play can go a long way in animating the reading experience. If you’re interested, we have a variety of animal puppets here: http://buff.ly/1vqkyVr

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