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How to deter children from reading

Seriously, discouraging children from exploring books is simple. All you have to do is:

  1. Store books out of their reach. After all, children can tear, break, and bite books.
  2. Avoid reading more than one book per week. Otherwise, children may become accustomed to being read to.
  3. Avoid reading in front of children. They may think you are enjoying yourself.
  4. Make magazines, business cards, and comic books disappear. Children must only see books that are "good" for them.
  5. Always ask children questions to verify if they understood a story.
  6. Force children to look at all the pages of a book.

In other words, here is what you should do:

  1. Make different types of books adapted to their age available to children. Your book storage method can easily be adapted to make books accessible.
  2. Reading and looking at books daily is ideal.
  3. Make sure children see you reading different types of documents (phone books, mail, recipe books, magazines, etc.).
  4. Read, read, and read! There are no "bad" books. There are books to suit everyone's interests.
  5. Read just for the fun of it. Children will encounter tests and exams soon enough.
  6. Your main goal should be to attract children to books, the rest will follow!

(Information taken from 1001 activités autour du livre written by Philippe Brasseur, Editor : Casterman)


Remember, reading equals pleasure!

Marie-Josée Thibert



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