World Book Day: Reading for Pleasure
Why are books so great?
They bring stories to life and encourage children to harness the power of their imaginations as they build, draw, learn, and play. Even better—audiobooks are a fantastic way to foster a lifelong love of reading—with additional support for reading and pronunciation.
Why is reading important?
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 (reference: OECD). Wow!
1. Create a time to read
Habits are a crucial part of our lives. And positive habits are 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. Over time, these regular routines can turn into life-long habits like reading before bed or reaching for a book instead of a device.
2. Be read to
Yoto can help too. We’ve got plenty of unabridged audiobooks (perfect for reading along) for all ages—from The Gruffalo to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Reading with audiobooks can help children to connect the characters and story.
So grab a book, pop in a Yoto Card and read along!
3. Let kids choose their book
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 novel. (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. Start a conversation with them about what they’d like to read. They might choose a comic, or a big book of dinosaur facts, or even the latest John Grisham. (Okay, probably not. Sorry again, 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.
independence. Whether that’s music, an audiobook, or a podcast.
*Or a gripping courtroom thriller, for that matter.
4. Make reading fun!
Like everything in life, things are better when they’re an adventure.
Where some kids might feel that reading at home is like being in school, there are ways to get them to feel enthusiastic about reading. Make a reading fort with blankets and pillows. Or read a history book at the museum. You and your family could even act out scenes from your favourite stories or dress up as much-loved characters. OR write your own spin-off stories! The literary world is your oyster.
5. Help to find books
6. Have books at home
Build your card library with Yoto, and support more children to have books at home at the same time! As an official partner, we will be donating £1 for each selected Yoto Card sold during the month, from February 16th to March 23rd.
We love to hear from our community members. What are some ways your family uses Yoto Player or Yoto Mini to encourage reading? Let us know on social media, or get in touch.