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How to get children interested in books

The following strategies will spark and maintain their interest:

  • Read to and/or with children on a regular basis (storybooks, newspapers, telephone books, agendas, etc.). Explain why each type of written document is useful.
  • Choose books that are adapted to the ages of the children in your group.
  • Create a calm, attractive area that is conducive to reading.
  • Use a photo album to tell a child a story about when he/she was a baby.
  • Use different methods to tell a story (books, pictures, events, CD/book set).
  • Tell a story using pictures cut out of magazines.
  • Play with sounds and words.
  • Create books with children.
  • Show an interest in the things children like and offer books that correspond to the things they enjoy.
  • Invite older children to invent stories with you.
  • Deposit a variety of reading opportunities in different areas (cereal boxes, agenda, restaurant menu, business cards, pamphlets, etc.
  • Visit your local library.
  • Offer books whenever you want to buy a gift for a child.
  • Write letters with children and mail them.
  • Write letters to the children in your group and mail them to their home.
  • Provide material children can use to write letters on their own.
  • Read all posters and signs you see when you are walking around your neighbourhood.
  • Sing songs and rhymes with your group.


Marie-Josée Thibert


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