The ability to encourage your child to read starts with finding out their interests outside of school and the home. Once you can figure out the “likes and dislikes” of your child, encouraging or motivating them to read will be simple.
These are the questions I ask students:
1. What are your favorite television shows?
2. What is something you find interesting?
3. Do you like any specific sports or games?
4. When was the last time you laughed really hard?
5. What do you want to know more about?
These “handful of questions” usually get students pointed in the right direction, but if not, the pulling of books off the cart or shelve helps student to have a better understanding of particular books.
There are many ways to figure out your child’s interest, but the best way to find out is to take them to the public library or to the local book store. Make sure you give yourself some time to spend there because it is sometime overwhelming for adults, so wear your “walking shoes” and observe the books and questions your child asks you during the visit. Once your child has chosen a few books, ask them questions about why they like the book, as well as help them locate similar books. Good luck!