How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day

It's no secret that we love books...
They bring stories to life and get kids using their imaginations as they build, draw, learn and play. Even better, audiobooks are a fantastic way to foster a lifelong love of reading.

And reading is important: according to the World Book Day charity, reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success - even more than their family circumstances, parents’ educational background or income. Wow!
Read on to learn how you can inspire kids to want to read for pleasure (and how Yoto can help along the way).
  
 
1. Create a reading routine
Habits control our lives. And positive habits are most easily formed when we stick to a routine. So whether it’s in the morning before school, or as a wind-down before bed, try to make reading a part of your family’s daily routine.

Gather round as a family to read a favourite tale, or encourage your kids to use their downtime for independent reading. Over time, these intentional routines can turn into life-long habits like reading before bed, or reaching for a book instead of a phone.

Yoto can help too. We’ve got plenty of unabridged audiobooks for all ages - from Gruffalo to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Reading with audiobooks can help kids who are a little less bookish to connect the characters and story.

So grab a book, pop in a Yoto Card and read along!
  
 
2. Let kids choose their story
Think about it - if you’re in the mood for a little Eat, Pray, Love then you’re not going to love wading through the latest John Grisham. (No offence, John!)

That’s because curiosity and inspiration make hard work - like following along with an intercontinental journey of self-discovery* - feel like a breeze.

Kids are no different.

If given the chance to read something that they’re curious about, kids will enjoy the act of reading so much more. They might choose a comic. A big book of dinosaur facts. The latest John Grisham. (Ok, probably not. Sorry, John!).

What’s important is that they’re reading, and that they feel free to explore what inspires them. If kids associate reading with the subjects they’re most excited about, they’re much more likely to reach for a book.

*Or a gripping courtroom thriller, for that matter.
  
 
3. Make reading an adventure!
Like everything in life, things are better when they’re fun.

Make a ‘reading fort’ with blankets and pillows. Read a history book at the museum.

You and your family could even act out scenes from favourite stories, or dress up as much-loved characters. Or even write your own spin-off stories!

The literary world is your oyster.
  
 
World Book Day is one of our favourite days of the year, so it’s only right that we celebrate. That's why we’ll be releasing free snippets of some of our favourite titles on the Yoto App to inspire some great new listens and help make Yoto more accessible. And, to mark 25 years of World Book Day, we’re hosting a huge giveaway - visit our social pages to find out more.
  
  
What are some ways your family uses Yoto Player to encourage reading? We love to hear from our community members. Let us know on social media, or send us an email at hello@yotoplay.com!

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