By Lisa Snowden-McCray
Annapolis mom Tierra Parker knows that her 9-year-old daughter Logan is bright, but she’s not a big reader.
She easily loses interest in whatever she’s reading and this is evident on her test scores.
“You can see that she starts off really well, and then you can literally see her tapering off,” Parker says. “She is losing interest.”
In an attempt to turn Logan on to reading, Parker bought her a Kindle and lets her read the stories she enjoys such as the popular Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Monster High book series. The Kindle helps her keep track of the books that Logan likes and can help her make other selections in the future.
“I don’t want her to have a negative vibe against reading,” Parker says.
Parker isn’t alone. Lots of parents struggle with the task of raising active readers. Reading is important. Not only does it stimulate creativity and engage the imagination, it can also help children perform better in the classroom, and even in life, according to information collected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation – a nonprofit dedicated to child welfare and research.
So, parents dutifully tote their toddlers to the library, amass a healthy collection of children’s literature, and even read to their children while they are still in the womb. But, the most herculean parental effort cannot guarantee that a child will be an avid reader. Some kids just plain don’t like reading. So what is a parent to do then? Here are some tips to get your child reading.