Most parents would love to see their child pick up a book sometimes. Schools have Summer reading programs, but what incentives are in most Summer reading programs? One of the best ways to get a child to pick up a book is for that child to become a Child Book Reviewer. The benefits are are follows:
- A free home library. Authors are always looking for book reviews, and they’ll send out free books in return for a review. Your child’s book review will be posted on-line. What child wouldn’t want their book review on-line for all to read? Send out his or her book review link to friends and family for them to read. Your child’s vocabulary will soar! Studies show that children who read are better conversationalists. Your child’s reading level will go up a couple of grades as well.
- Your child can become a charitable giver by donating already read books to children’s shelters and children’s hospitals. Ask the shelter or hospital to send your child a thank you letter. Remember that book review link mentioned in the first bullet point? Take that link and put it on your child’s resume, yes, resume.
- Offer a companion gift. If a parent is creative enough he or she can find a companion gift that will go along with what their child is reading. Some examples of companion gifts are toys, treats, games, clothing, or movie.
- Offer a companion event or outing. For example, if your child is reading Beatrix Potter tales, like Peter Rabbit, then have an outing to a zoo, or you and your child create a meal at home of Peter Rabbit’s favorite vegetables. Also remember that reading is not limited to books, ask your child if he or she has a favorite magazine and subscribe to that – kids love getting their own mail.
- Create a reading nook in your child’s room. A colorful comfy chair and foot ottoman, a reading lamp, and a blanket make a cozy reading spot. If there is no room for a chair then some giant pillows will do just fine. Have your child create a colorful sign for that cozy reading corner. Make or purchase special shelves for your child’s books.
- Monkey see, monkey do – parents should set the example and let their child see them reading.
- Start a family book club. Have each family member choose a book a month or a book every other month. Establish a set time to discuss the book as a family.
- Give your child a book allowance – they can purchase a book once a month. Help them choose books, and if he or she is interested in a sport, hobby, or other activity, have your child find a book on it.
- Award your child with a Reader’s Certificate – that’s right! There are so many printable certificates online, so pick one out, frame it, hang it near your child’s reading nook; give it to your child after he or she has read a certain number of books. Make a big deal out of your child’s reading accomplishments by having a family awards night. Make a big deal just like Oscar night for celebrities.
Reading does the following for a child:
- Assists in opening up a child’s imagination
- Expands a child’s vocabulary
- Increases a child’s cultural knowledge
- Provides a child with the ability to visualize
- Helps a child to write better
- Gives a child some understand of how people feel and think
- Assists a child in processing information easier
- Encourages a child to seek out different interests
- Encourages a child to open up to new ideas
Here are a few children’s websites that look for child book reviewers:
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