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Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

Many English teachers bemoan the fact that kids nowadays refuse to read. Technology may factor in as children would rather watch TV, or play video games rather than do some good old-fashioned reading. Parents should encourage their children to read at home, as this habit (or hobby) will carry over to the classroom.

The key here is to start young. Mommies who read to their unborn babies and parents who read to their kids before bed time have a certain advantage. It also doesn’t hurt if the parents themselves actually read.

Build a home library. Buy your kid a book a week, or a book a month, if the budget is a little tight. Throw your kid a book-themed birthday party once in three years, when all the guests are encouraged to give books as gifts. This could be a start for your child’s library, which you or your child (with money saved from his allowance) could build from.

Know your child’s interest. If your little boy is interested in cars, then buy books about cars. If your little girl is into fairy tales, then buy books about fairy tales. You can always expand the genre later on. The idea here is to keep the collection close to what your child or children like first.

Enroll your kids in an after-school reading class, or take them to reading sessions in the library. There are even some libraries or book stores that have book clubs for children. Let them be involved with book and reading-related activities with other children who also love the written word.



Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher

These tips are really great Ayoub. I think having a mini library at home could also encourage kids to read. When they could always see a book at home, they could be tempted to browse the pages and eventually read it.

As for tight budget allows, we could also buy surplus books from garage sales or book sales. I personally buy books with marked down prices in book stores.



Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent

Great advice! The libraries (at least the ones here) have story hours for the children. Many times they will have a story read to them and they will make some type of craft that will go with the theme. I used to love to have the boys go. For the hour they where in the class I had free time. What parent could ask for more..free time and quiet!

All my kids loved their ‘class’. They would all come out with smiles from ear to ear and holding their craft.


Thanks, Debby



Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher

Thank you Zemlene your idea about the Home Library can be a happy experience to most kids, I hope every one try it!



Location: Alabama, USA

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher

Encourage Boys to Read by Limiting their Alternatives

There are so many other things a boy can be doing. Typically, if given a choice, reading will not be at the  of his list of things to do. However, with a little creativity in limiting (not eliminating) his options, he will be more inclined to read.

TV, Video Game, and Computer-Free Day

One idea is to plan a TV/video/computer-free day. If you want, you could make it a whole weekend or even a whole week (if you dare)! But plan ahead for this. Don’t spring it on him all of a sudden. Make sure you have plenty of interesting literature on hand. You could even make it a date to spend with him, taking him to the library or bookstore and then going to get him a treat to enjoy while he reads. Make this time an enjoyable experience and not something he considers to be a punishment. Also, plan it regularly. Once a month would be a good start to make this a family tradition.

Reward Reading Time

Another way to limit activities is to let him earn time to do alternative activities of choice. In other words, you reward equal time doing a preferred activity for time spent reading. For example, one hour of extra curricular reading equals one hour earned towards watching TV.

Scavenger Hunt Reading Game

Another creative way to limit other activities is to play a scavenger hunt game. First, take away the object of his affection (the thing he spends the most time doing) and hide it somewhere safe. Put a book in its place and put a note in or on the book telling him that when he finishes reading that book, he will receive a clue that will help him to find his missing game/toy. Make it as challenging as you need to and gear it toward your child at his age level.


My final suggestion for limiting activities is to create structure. Set limits and create schedules for activities. Put reading in the schedule and make it a priority. Let him know that reading is important and therefore comes first. Then allow time for the lesser productive activities. This also teaches responsibility and work ethic. Work first, then play. Even though reading should not be considered a chore, if it becomes a part of a daily routine, it will become a good habit.

Final Encouragement

You can use any or all of these suggestions and even come up with your own. Use whatever works for you. The point is that your son needs guidance and encouragement to read. As parents, it is our job to set limits and encourage reading. Be a leader and take an active roll if you want to raise your son to enjoy reading.

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