Reading is great for kids. Pediatricians, educators, child psychologists and every other relevant expert agree on that. It exercises their brains, improves concentration, provides a window into the world around them and develops their imaginations. Kids who read or are read to often display stronger language development and perform better in school. An old-fashioned paper book is also a great screen-free form of entertainment and stress relief, a way for kids to unplug and unwind from their busy lives. And with a little bit of care and effort, you can encourage your kids (or grandkids, or nieces and nephews, maybe even your godchildren) to develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
* Model reading. Kids imitate behavior that they see, negative and positive. Read in front of them and let them know that it's something you really enjoy. * Try audiobooks. Swap out music for audiobooks during the school run or road trips. According to Parents, audiobooks are a great way for kids to hear text come alive. * Make cozy reading spots. A nook with a few comfortable pillows and a reading light will do, or even a regular old blanket fort. Creating a special place for kids to read makes the experience even better. * Stash books all over the house. Don't put books up where kids can't reach them -- leave them around for them to find and pick up! Place a basket of books in the living room and rotate the titles every so often. Leave a few in the car or anywhere else your kids often go. * Don't hesitate to reread to younger children. Young children develop important pre-reading skills when they learn to recognize familiar stories, so when a toddler asks for Green Eggs & Ham for the ninth day in a row, give them some praise for reading and dive in again. * Give books as gifts. They're always the right size and they never go out of style.