How to Inspire your Kids to Read this World Book Day
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!
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!
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.
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.