But reading self-selected material makes reading more enjoyable. It also increases reading skills.
One way to get your child to read more is to ask him about what he reads. Then reading isn’t just a solitary activity. It’s more social. Ask for details—like the features of new bike models. Or ask about college football playoff games—whatever is of interest to your child.
Get him to teach you something about a topic or skill he’s learned about through reading. Think of ways you might encourage your child to discuss literature with his peers.
For example, take small groups of them to a library or bookstore. Ask about their choices on the drive home. Or see if your child can join a book discussion group for middle schoolers. Check with your school, a library, a bookstore, or a youth organization.
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