Is your child feeling reluctant to read a book with you? Are they feeling discouraged when you get books out? Making reading experiences fun is one way to grow your child’s confidence in reading and create some positive experiences. Establishing a regular reading routine with your child as early as possible, will set them up for success later on in life.

The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas on how to make reading fun for your child. If there’s something not listed here, that you do to make reading fun, please let me know!

Videos

If you want to make things more fun for your child sometimes, you can use your iPad, laptop, tablet or desktop computer and bring up a story read by an actor, or someone else.

The Screen Actors Guild produces fantastic videos where parts of the page come alive, there is movie-like music accompanying it too. The actors vary their voices, which makes the stories come alive.

Follow the Learning Ally’s Pinterest board containing pins of books that are read by voice over professionals. The Learning Ally is a US not-for-profit organisation helping people with visual and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, achieve educational success.

In this YouTube video below (produced by the Screen Actors Guild), Ernest Borgnine reads The Rainbow Fish, an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The book is best known for its morals about the value of being an individual and for the distinctive shiny foil scales of the Rainbow Fish.

Follow up activity

For some books, you may be able to follow on with a fun activity or a visit somewhere. It could be as simple as visiting a planetarium if you’re reading about space, or perhaps a visit to the zoo. You could make something to eat, something that represents something in the story, or make something crafty!

Your local library

There are plenty of children’s books to choose from. If your library has a self checkout procedure, your child will love scanning their own card and books! Of course you can also get out any other books for you to read to them.

Your local library may have fun events on during the school holidays. Check their website for the information in the lead up to the holidays.

Stage Shows and Puppet Theatres

Some books have become a play on stage. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one. You may even find a production of The Wizard of Oz. Some popular stories are also told through puppet theatre.

Participate in events

Did you know there are different kinds of reading and book events during the year? There are loads of ideas on the internet relating to these special days, such as International Book Giving Day, The Reading Hour, National Book Shop Day, World Read Aloud Day, Dr Seuss’s Birthday, Buy a Book Day, National Simultaneous Storytime, and Children’s Book Week.

Growing Readers Course

This blog post was created with excerpts from our FREE “Growing Readers” Course. The 8 week course’s goal is to establish a regular reading routine with your child.

Week 1 – The benefits of reading
Week 2 – Settling your child
Week 3 – Seeing and touching the book
Week 4 – Time and comprehension
Week 5 – Basic language skills
Week 6 – The research
Week 7 – Ways to make reading really fun
Week 8 – Final tips