How to Get Kids Excited about Reading and Writing. This article comes from writer and mom, Amber Satka. She writes for her app site and about financial topics, such as car refinancing rates.


How to Get Kids Excited about Reading and Writing

As a writer or a book lover, it may be hard for you to understand how other people may not share your enthusiasm. It may be even harder when the people in question are your children. You want to share your favorite books with them, and you want to see them following in your literary footsteps, but they’d much rather play Xbox or get on their computers.






How to Get Kids Excited about Reading and Writing





All is not lost! There are many ways that you can help your kids to get more excited about reading and writing. Here are a few ideas to get kids excited about reading and writing:







Read Books that Match their Interests

How to Get Kids Excited about Reading and Writing

Do you have a budding explorer on your hands who loves dinosaurs? Pull out books on dinosaurs and read them together. Or is your little one more interested in exploring the final frontier? Buy books about the universe and the planets, and search for stories about space explorers. By giving your children books that reflect their other interests, you are likely to see them get much more excited about reading.




Read Popular Books

Sometimes peer pressure works in your favor. When all your kids’ friends are talking about Harry Potter, they are likely to want to read Harry Potter. Look for popular books like these to get your kids more excited about reading. They may start out reading the book because all their friends are, but they may find that they actually really enjoy it and will be motivated to read more.

Lead by Example

Children model your behavior. If they see you reading often, they are likely to want to read more themselves. When you read stories together, model your enthusiasm. Use an animated tone of voice to read the story, and talk about what you liked about the story. Be explicit in your enthusiasm. “That was such a great story!” “I can’t believe how brave that heroine was!”

Make Storytelling a Game

To get kids more excited about writing and telling their own stories, you can turn it into a game. Start the story off by telling a few lines of it, then turn it over to your child. Once he has added a few lines, he can turn it back over to you or to another of your children. You keep going until you have finished the story. Keep a notebook with you to write it all down. The game will make it a fun activity that children will want to do again — maybe even on their own.

Make Up Stories While People Watching

The world is full of interesting characters. Whenever you are out at the park, the museum, or any other public place, take the opportunity to use the people you see as characters in your stories. Encourage your children to watch people and to figure out what their story is. Is that man on the bench a retired war admiral who fought in World War II? Is that woman you see at the museum secretly a government agent who is meeting an asset? Be creative and help your children get into the fun of storytelling.

Write Stories about Favorite Characters

Take your children’s favorite book and encourage them to write a story using one of that book’s characters. Maybe they can write a story about what Willy Wonka does after retirement, or about what Harry Potter’s children did when they went to Hogwart’s. If they don’t want to write new stories, they can reimagine old ones. Ask them to write a new ending for their favorite story or to change a scene. For example, what would happen if Alice never ran into Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum? How would the story be different if Dorothy had met the Scarecrow and Tin Man but not the Lion?

Be creative! There are many ways that you can help kids get excited about reading and writing if you think outside the box. Tap into what got you excited about reading and writing, and find ways to do the same for your children.

How do you get your children excited about reading and writing?