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Learn how this mother is inculcating book reading habit in her child

Anamika Mohanty
3 to 7 years

Created by Anamika Mohanty
Updated on Apr 12, 2016

Learn how this mother is inculcating book reading habit in her child

Introducing babies to books is fun. They love any books with pictures. The colours excite them. They relate more when the story is told through images. From the time a baby can sit up, introducing reading habits by narrating stories to them could be a good practice. Singing, talking and reading – all these can get your little one to respond positively and initiate reading habits early. Your baby will start to react to pictures of animals, flowers, faces, shapes and colors.

How to develop reading habits in your child?

  1. Baby see, baby do. I strongly believe that this is how I learnt most of my habits and so does every wide-eyed little child. How else do you think fashion spreads? Or for that matter hatred or tolerance? Ensure you have books kept on your bedside table and that reading is a genuine part of your daily routine too. If the child sees you engrossed in books, chances of her picking one up are higher.
  2. When at home make reading activities casual and stress-free. Don’t make it another task on the to-do list or the child might just start resenting it. Sit down comfortably any time of the day when your child is not distracted and take up a book to read.
  3. Most little ones like to be told stories about their even "littler" years, of what they did, how they behaved and how much they had fun while doing it. My little one does not tire of me telling her the same old stories about her as a toddler and her cute and funny antics, and almost believes that she now remembers those days although I know it is just the repetition of my stories that has created a movie like memory in her head. But yes, she did love her little nursery rhyme books and her little Ani (animals) books even when she was just 7 months old. She loved being read to, shown the pictures and the feel of the glossy, thick pages. So, start early and keep the early childhood books also at hand to motivate the child to pick one up.
  4. One of the ways I feel works for any child is introducing them and initiating them to books quite early. I have done that and it has proved to be successful. Now when she is almost ready to finish elementary school, she still loves to read books, but she has put her own stamp of identity on her reading list. I am a little vexed that no amount of cajoling or coaxing can get her to show interest in the "Tinkles" or the "Amar Chitra Kathas", although she loves those stories the most when I tell them to her during story time at night. She would much rather curl up with her "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series or an Archie.....the life that she knows and lives in this country.
  5. Turn books into companions for your child. When the child is alone, bored, or doesn’t have any friends to play with, is the right time to gently nudge him towards books. Once he discovers the joy of reading as an activity, he will get hooked for a lifetime. When parents put money in the bank for their child’s futures, they are making sure that they will not want for anything; when they tell them to study hard and do well in their grades, they are making sure that they get a good career, but the parent who puts stories and books in the hands of their child to enjoy, gives the child a friend for life......,"The one who reads is never alone........"

 

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| Feb 13, 2017

it really works. Children always love to listen to stories and they even love the same stories to be repeated. The more they are read to the more they love to see the books.

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| Feb 13, 2017

how to develop my baby.... she has autism

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| Dec 27, 2016

So good idea

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| Dec 26, 2016

my first child is 3yr 6 mnths old... if iread a book or newspaper he takes it nd tries to tear it... in fear of loosing my books I have again put dem into my self... .. how can i develope his reading skill nd continue mine as well

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| Dec 26, 2016

useful way to engage kids instead of spending time in watching cartoon channels.... Thanks for sharing

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| Dec 26, 2016

nice idea

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| Dec 26, 2016

lovely article ... my son sits and read books on his own of his choice .

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| Dec 15, 2016

Very nice article and a very good idea to introduce books to kids. Thanks for sharing....

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| Nov 20, 2016

nice one

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| Nov 20, 2016

very good and helpful suggestion

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| Nov 20, 2016

Thanks for sharing. ..can u or anyone suqquest me a good story book for 4yr kids.. please ..thanks in advance

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| Oct 26, 2016

thanks .. very good idea.. can u suggest sme online bookstore where i can get good books for my kids...

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| Aug 07, 2016

good suggestion

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| Aug 07, 2016

Very nice

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| Jul 22, 2016

yes,its valuable information,thank you. my son 6 1/2 yrs old. he loves bed time stories but he didn't interest in reading books. he avoid to read, what should I do friends pls share....

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| Jun 27, 2016

Good information. Yes very true , we should introduce kids to early reading.. My daughter when she was 2. 9 years ,I introduced her the books with bright pictures,(fruits ,animals).. Now she is 5 ,she loves to hear bed time stories from her father. She is trying to read.. Thats a good sign. As a parent ,we should always encourage kids in reading Books.

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| May 14, 2016

v. informative... thnks..

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| Apr 25, 2016

Yes you are right Anoop. As parents we are the role models for our child. Its best we do what we want them to follow.

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| Apr 25, 2016

my child at present he is 4y-3month I am civil engineer I am watching that when I am reading books making map etc. he was taking interest in my work, so child adopted each & everything from their parents.

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| Apr 20, 2016

I agree with Krishnakali Basu, nice ideas. Great engagement related to books available these days.

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| Apr 20, 2016

Superb idea

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| Apr 15, 2016

To begin with there are a phelothra of ideas to introduce books. Nowadays specially the market is booming with the best of children's books. To start with books for infants one can start with cloth books,bath books,board books and lift the flap books. moms can make books also for their little ones,a variety of stuff is available to make them. Board books and cloth books r very durable because damages cannot b done. There are a variety galore nowadays .Sitting and reading to the child can be a very good iteraction between the parent and the child. Once the child grows a little the child can b asked to guess as to what happened next. Books make thinkers a child captivated by a book often are thinkers.

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| Apr 13, 2016

Great ideas!

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| Apr 13, 2016

Yes, i agree. My daughter loves her picture books too. Every evening its a ritual to look through the book and learn its names. By now she knows each picture by its name.

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| Apr 13, 2016

Thank you mam.. for precious information.

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| Apr 13, 2016

My baby is 4 months old and right from her 3 rd month I have introduced her with animal flashcards and alphabet book which is now her favourite. she loves talking to the pictures and nowadays trying to feel them with her hands and mouth too.

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| Apr 12, 2016

Thank you for the wonderful tips. I will try this and get back to you. :-)

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| Apr 12, 2016

Very well written

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