Keeping Kids Reading As They Get Older

Posted on July 5, 2021

by Megan Roseberry

Children who are raised from a young age to love and enjoy reading generally continue to love and enjoy reading as they get older. However, sometimes things try to get in the way of reading for kids. Parents and guardians must keep encouraging their children to make time for reading as much as possible. The Scholastic website offers a collection of tips on how to promote reading in older children. 

  • Let your child read what he or she wants to read! Allow your child to read materials that interest them. This will help ensure that they will be reading something they enjoy and they will feel empowered and like their interests matter.
  • Subscribe to a magazine that interests your child! Magazine articles are shorter than books. They allow children to have a different type of reading material and some children feel more comfortable and confident reading shorter sections.
  • Play games that help develop reading skills! Playing games like Scrabble or Boggle help encourage literacy development. Schedule a family game night once a week! Not only will having a regular family game night help your child with their reading skills, but it will also be a great bonding and memory-making experience!
  • It is okay for children to stop reading something they find uninteresting or boring! Forcing a child to read something they discover they do not actually like is just as harmful as forcing them to start reading something they do not want to read. It is not a failure for anyone if your child decides they want to stop a book part of the way through. Not everyone can like every book.
  • Be a reading role model! Children who see important adults in their lives reading or more likely to value reading. Take the time to read or listen to an audiobook together as a family. Have the entire family take turns reading parts of a book together or read your own books. The important thing is to read!
  • Engage with your child! Ask your child questions about what they are reading. For example, have them share something they learned from what they read.
  • Continue to read aloud to your child!  Read aloud to your child even if they are considered to be an independent reader. Christie Burnett, in another Scholastic article, highlights that “eighty-five percent of children ages 6-14 who have been read aloud to said they loved it.” This reading time with your older child, the article goes on to suggest, will look different than it did when they were younger, but it is still just as beneficial and important. Burnett stresses to make sure that, because the “reading material is more substantial,” ensure that you both enjoy it! You can also take turns reading. According to Burnett, taking turns reading aloud is a great way to hear your child’s reading skills in action. You can hear how they are doing in their reading development and where they may need additional support as well as where they are excelling.


How Can My Library Help? 

The La Porte County Public Library offers many different types of reading materials for every age! Our collection includes magazines, audiobooks, novels, picture books, graphic novels, and more! We strive to ensure we have something in our collection to interest everyone! If your child finds an author they really enjoy, ask one of our library staff for additional titles by that author or read-a-likes, books with a similar theme and/or written in a similar style. We can also show you how to use our library catalog to search for and request books from home or online!

Our Libby app offers access to a collection of eBooks if your child prefers to read with a device. The library staff is well-equipped to provide you with additional suggestions as to how to support your child during his or her reading journey. Encouraging your child’s continued love of reading is easy with a library card – your child can even have their own library card! The possibilities are endless!

Megan Roseberry

Megan Roseberry

Megan, Community Engagement Librarian, Unicorn Fanatic, The Most Sparkly Librarian – any of these titles will do. When not bringing the Van Halen to early literacy classes or spreading the joy of reading to youngsters throughout the community, one can find her enjoying copious amounts of carbohydrates, binge-watching random television shows and movies, pretending to be a professional photographer, dancing around and singing when no one is watching (okay, maybe when people are watching, too), and thoroughly enjoying life with a never-ending smile!
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