Fellow avid readers, it’s up to us to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of books! While there is no “one-size fits all” approach to reading, here are some tips and recommendations for raising fearless readers.
Embrace their individuality, tastes, and preferences but also encourage them to try something new for a balanced bookish diet. Read aloud (before children reach full comprehension and even after they can read independently), time spent together is never wasted.
Have fun with titles from Dr. Seuss. Embrace the silliness of books like The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak and The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith. Pour over the beautiful illustrations and life lessons in the God Made… series by Matthew Paul Turner or the God Gave Us… series by Lisa Tawn Bergren.
Classics from years past continue to delight readers young and old. Generations have grown up with series like The Little House on the Prairie, The Boxcar Children, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Books like 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls by Jean Fischer, Bud & Me by Alta Abernathy, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April W. Gardner, and the American Girls series teach and inspire. National Geographic Easy Readers series has the power to spark a passion for learning and exploring our world.
Engage and entertain reluctant readers with poetry, short stories, and adventure from Shel Silverstein, the Imagination Station series from Tyndale, the Ember Falls series by S. D. Smith, the Epic Order of the Seven series by Jenny L. Cote, or even fun build your own stories like Be Your Own Duck Commander by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher.
As avid readers, we can lead by example and discuss interesting facts we read or how and why stories make us laugh, cry, ponder, etc. Limit screen-time (including tablets) and encourage time spent with a book, ereader, or even writing stories (with words or pictures). We know the joy found within the pages of a book, let’s empower the next generation and embrace the books.
Beth is an Associate Editor of Hope By The Book, a Christian fiction enthusiast, book reviewer, and the blogger behind FaithfullyBookish.com. She is passionate about encouraging authors and fellow readers everywhere.