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How do I encourage my child to read?

The gift of reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child and one of the most important. Follow our tips to help cultivate a love of reading in your child:

• Never make your child read, if they feel like they’ve been forced to do it they are more likely to see it as a punishment than as a fun pastime.

• If at first they don’t take to reading, don’t give up. Think about how many times that you have read a book or watched a movie that you haven't enjoyed. It will take time for them to find stories that they really love.

• Make trips to the library a regular event. Libraries are a wonderful way to introduce your child to all sorts of books.

• Give them a proper place for books in their room so they can watch their book collection grow and look forward to the very special treat of getting a new book.

• Remember, that reading a magazine also counts. So, if for the moment they aren’t keen on books why not consider a magazine subscription to help improve their literacy skills.

More questions

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