Getting Kids to Read

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Helping your kids discover the pleasure of reading is one of the most enriching gifts you can give to them. While children acquire reading skills in school, it does not guarantee that they would develop the passion for it. Creating a fun, pleasant, and supportive environment for children to explore the joys of reading is essential in developing the habit. Here are some of the many ways to get your kids to love reading and develop an enduring passion for one of life’s simple pleasures.

1. Make time for some bedtime reading. Reading stories to children is one of the best ways to encourage them to read. The great thing about this activity is that it also gives you an opportunity to spend quality time with your kids. You can start when they are babies by making the routine one of your shared bedtime rituals.

2. Make age-appropriate books accessible. Create an environment that encourages reading. Having plenty of books, magazines, journals, and other materials at home is one way of subtly motivating kids to read. Collect fun books for kids that would capture their interest and hook them to read more.

3. Make a trip to the library or bookstore. Visit libraries or bookshops together. Constant exposure to places and people that exhibit a passion for reading can inspire them to explore the enriching pursuit.

4. Don’t make it a chore. Avoid forcing children to read. Instead, let them discover the joys of reading at their own pace. Forcing them to love reading can make it feel like an obligation or a chore. What you can do apart from setting up a suitable environment for reading is to become a role model for them. Many children who grow up surrounded by adults who enjoy reading discover a passion for the pursuit as well.

5. Find out their interests. Provide kids with books they are likely to enjoy reading. Find out more about their interests and look for suitable titles that are likely to catch their attention. Allow them the freedom of choice. If your kids like comics or books about robots or vampires, let them read to their hearts’ content. The idea is to get your kids to love reading and not to control or limit their choices.

6. Set an example. Children who read often pick up habit from the adults around them. Make reading a shared interest at home. Alternate home movie dates with your family with reading nights. Have everyone cozy up at the reading or common room, give them several titles to choose from, and serve mugs of hot chocolate along with some treats for a fun night of reading.

4 of the Best Cities for Book Nerds to Get Lost Into

There is no dearth of destinations with literary references for book lovers to explore. From characters to settings and everything in between, literature is brimming with tales inspired by real people and places. If you are in the lookout for bookish destinations to get lost into, here are some of the best cities worth adding to your list of places to visit.

Dublin
Long Room Trinity College Library
Dramatic landscapes, stunning nature scenery, Guinness, and the pub scene are not the only reasons why a visit to Ireland should be on everyone’s bucket list. The country is also home to some of the world’s famous writers. Dublin, the capital city, boasts of a rich literary history that would delight every book nerd’s heart. The city has produced great poets, playwrights, novelists, and musicians among many others. Some of the most notable names include Francis Bacon, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and more. Top literary attractions include the rare East Asian and Islamic manuscripts in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Writer’s Museum, James Joyce Center, Marsh’s Library, the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells, and the pub crawl.

New York
Strand Bookstore
New York has long been a haven for culture lovers. There are numerous art galleries, museums, and other cultural hubs to explore. The city is also teeming with literary references found in a wide array of books including The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby among others. Not only is the city featured in many works. It has also been home at some point to many great writers and has drawn the likes of Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Tennessee Williams. Some of the top literary spots to visit when in New York include the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, The Library Hotel, Morgan Library and Museum, New York Public Library, and the Strand Bookstore.

Paris
Shakespeare & Company
Shakespeare & Company is on many book lovers’ list of must-see places when in Paris. The famous bookstore stands right at the spot of the original site that once served as gathering place for literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. The City of Light is also home to cemeteries that are popular attractions in their own right. Many tourists pay homage to writers and other literary icons in their final resting places at the Père Lachaise, Montmartre, and Montparnasse. Other top literary destinations in Paris include Hôtel de Lauzun, Les Deux Magots, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Carnavalet: Marcel Proust’s Bedroom, Musée de la Vie Romantique: George Sand’s House, Salon at 27 rue De Fleurus, and more.

St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg has produced some of the world’s most recognized literary works like Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to name a few. It is also home to other literary icons like Alexander Pushkin and Vladimir Nabokov. Among the literary attractions in the city are The Pushkin House, the memorial Museum of Dostoevsky, Museum of Nekrasov, Museum of Alexander Block, Tsarskoe Selo, the Literary Cafe on the corner of Nevsky Prospect, and more.