Suggested by Barbara H:
How can you encourage a non-reading child to read? What about a teen-ager? Would you require books to be read in the hopes that they would enjoy them once they got into them, or offer incentives, or just suggest interesting books? If you do offer incentives and suggestions and that doesn’t work, would you then require a certain amount of reading? At what point do you just accept that your child is a non-reader?
Honestly I have no clue because I don’t have any kids nor do I interact with kids or teenagers who would require reading encouragement.
You know I always think that when I have kids I would really want them to be book lovers. It opens up a whole new world, not to mention hours and hours of entertainment. I know it’s weird but I really want a girl so that I can give all my books to her as an inheritance. Most of the books I have are the ones women would like to read. All the romance books might not go down well with a boy.
But anyway, I’m digressing. As far as I’m concerned, no one encouraged me to read, neither at home nor at school. I started reading pretty late and it just happened. I guess it’s about finding the right book at the right time. With teenage girls you cannot go wrong with Nancy Drew’s and just progress from there. Besides the kind of books that are getting written in the YA category, I don’t think there is ever going to be a dearth of reading material.
But then again, if my kids do not like reading it’s not going to be the end of the world. I would definitely be very sad, but I would eventually be okay with it. Time will tell.
I’m definitely interested in reading answers of the experienced people out there.