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Tips to Turn Your Children into Enthusiastic Readers—Part 2

June 18, 2011

Summer is a great time to help your child cultivate a love of reading. In our June 6 blog post we offered some great tips you can implement right away.

Here are still more tips from Barnes & Noble expert, Dr. Jenn Berman:

Use books as therapy—If your child or family is going through a difficult time or a big transition, like moving into a new house, starting a new school, or going through a divorce, use books to ease the transition. Find books that help explain complex ideas or open up conversation.

Allow your child to read in bed with a book light—When your child is old enough, you might want to give them a child-friendly flashlight or book light and encourage them to read in bed before going to sleep. Summer is a great time to start this new tradition because they don’t have to rise early if they stay up later the night before.

Buy books as random gifts—Give a book for no reason at all. Always have something new and exciting available to read.

Take your child to the library—In a study of children from print-poor environments, parents reported that 96 percent of the children became more interested in reading after a single visit to the library, and 94 percent spent more time with books after one visit.

Start a book club with your child—Book clubs nurture a life-long love of reading by giving kids the chance to share their reading experience with other children. Make peer pressure work in your favor.

Create positive reading associations— Look for ways to celebrate your family’s emerging love of books.  Never use reading as a punishment and don’t reprimand if your child doesn’t reach his reading goals.

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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