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Challenge: Reading Together

Tricks to get your child excited to read

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My daughter is only 4 and already I feel like the book battle is being lost to the TV and tablet sometimes. Slowly I’m figuring out ways to inspire her to turn the page. Here are some tips to encourage your child to get lost in a good read.

The Choice: The first rule I found in my house: Let them choose! It's so easy to pick YOUR favorite books as a child and expect your little ones to love it just as much. That's not always the case. The key is finding what excites them, what they're passionate about, and giving them options related to that. My daughter is obsessed with "doing art," so it's no surprise she gets psyched to read books like Mix it Up and The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Make THEM Storytellers:

Talk about using your imagination. I discovered And Then, StoryStarters which is a collection of 20 beginnings. Each of the story cards (which are beautiful by the way) has an interesting start that eventually will end with "and then." It's at that point your child picks up the story and finishes it. It challenges creativity and as a parent don't be surprised if you find yourself authoring a twist or turn too!

Go Old School: What got you excited to read as a child? I adored Reading Rainbow and was so happy to find DVDs (4 episodes) on sale for about $5! What a steal. It proved an oldie but a goodie as my daughter was enamored by it. You won’t be able to get “Butterfly in the Sky” out of your head but either will they. You’ll even find yourself roped in. I sat down when I heard Martin Short and Gilda Radner narrating.

Two Books Sure to Be a Hit:

BJ Novak's The Book with No Pictures and the classic The Monster at the End of This Book! I get amazing reaction from children EVERY time I read either of these books to them.

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Great kid reading resources: Oprah's Kids List, Reading Rainbow's Skybrary or the app FirstBook.org

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