How to encourage your child to read

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Father reading a book with daughter at home. (Photo: Getty)
Father reading a book with daughter at home. (Photo: Getty)

Growing up, do you remember yourself as a bookworm immersed in the world of wonderful stories, or do you find it difficult to plough through the sea of words?

Developing a love for reading doesn’t come naturally, and ideally, it is a habit to be encouraged and formed at a young age. In part, it is a journey that starts with the parents.

One of the ways you can encourage your child to read is to let them choose a book they like. But at the same time, help them pick a book that isn’t too hard or too easy for them. Once you identified the genre/type your child prefers, source out a series of books under that genre/type, which will make it easier for them to grasp.

Most importantly, read with them and make it a fun experience. This not only serves as a time to establish a bond with your child, but it also helps them enjoy reading. The happy memories will reinforce a love for reading as they associate books with pleasure instead of disdain.

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AGE 0 - 2

Usborne Peep Inside A Fairy Tale

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Usborne Peep Inside A Fairy Tale. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Usborne Peep Inside A Fairy Tale. (Photo: Shopee SG)

Set of 6 Board Book Bedtime Stories by Caroline Jayne Church

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Set of 6 Board Book Bedtime Stories by Caroline Jayne Church. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Set of 6 Board Book Bedtime Stories by Caroline Jayne Church. (Photo: Shopee SG)

Baby Touch Board Book

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Baby Touch Board Book. (Photo: Shopee SG)
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AGE 3 - 6

Behaviour Matters: Koala Makes the Right Choice

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Behaviour Matters: Koala Makes the Right Choice. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Behaviour Matters: Koala Makes the Right Choice. (Photo: Shopee SG)

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be. (Photo: Shopee SG)
The Wonderful Things You Will Be. (Photo: Shopee SG)

Ladybird Books Collection

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Ladybird Books Collection. (Photo: Shopee SG)
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AGE 7 - 9

The World of David Walliams Books

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Roald Dahl Collection Box Set

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Roald Dahl Collection Box Set. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Roald Dahl Collection Box Set. (Photo: Shopee SG)

Horrid Henry - Early Reader

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Horrid Henry - Early Reader. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Horrid Henry - Early Reader. (Photo: Shopee SG)

AGE 10 - 12

Harry Potter 8 Book Box Set

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Harry Potter 8 Book Box Set. (Photo: Shopee SG)
Harry Potter 8 Book Box Set. (Photo: Shopee SG)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. (Photo: Shopee SG)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. (Photo: Shopee SG)

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