Why is it important?
When the experience of sharing a book is pleasurable for both the parent and the child, the child will be more attentive and responsive. The more pleasurable book sharing is, the more regular and frequent an activity it will become. Children who enjoy books are more likely to want to learn to read, and to keep trying even when it is hard.
Activities to Promote Print Motivation
- Read often and make it enjoyable. Young children have a short attention span, so keep reading activities brief and fun.
- Make book-sharing a special time between you and your child. Get comfortable and cozy.
- Let your child see you reading and enjoying reading.
- Let children pick out books they want to read or have read to them.
- Scatter books throughout your house, not just in your child’s bedroom. If books are handy, they are more likely to be picked up.
- Always look at the picture on the front cover of the book together. It can be a great discussion starter about what a book might be about or why it will be a fun book.
- Change your voice as you read aloud. Keeping books fun will keep your kids coming back for more.
- Visit your public library often. Make it a special day or night of the week and make a big deal about it.