Tips to Turn Your Children into Enthusiastic Readers—Part 1

Children who love to read come from an environment that values reading, is rich in printed materials (not just books), and has adults who are reading role models. And it is parents who are most instrumental in creating the “reading culture” that results in children who are lifelong enthusiastic readers.

In addition to our Optiminds’ comprehensive reading skills training programs, here are also some great tips from Barnes & Noble expert, Dr. Jenn Berman, that you can start to put to work this summer:

Set reading goals as a family—Making goals for every family member makes it more likely your child will achieve her goals.

Let your child have some choice—It’s important to let children pick the books that call to them. Try not to criticize their choice of reading material (including comic books and magazines). What’s important is that they have the experience of connecting with the literature.

Make books available throughout your home—Having lots of books available makes it more likely that your child will find a book he connects with and will keep reading all summer long.

Carry reading material and encourage your child to do the same—Let your child see you pulling out a book while waiting in a long line.

Keep reading to your children—Children are able to listen on a different and more advanced reading level than they are able to read until about the eighth grade. Reading aloud to your child even after they learn to read is something they will remember for a long time.

Create a family reading ritual—Establish a time when the entire family gathers in a room to read without television, phones or computers.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping to improve the reading skills of clients of all ages. Find out more about Optiminds reading skills training by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at


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