Inculcating a love of reading in children appears to be a tough task, but with the right techniques, you can easily turn your unwilling child into a little bookworm. Nurturing reading habit in kids is very important for their growth and development. Reading is the pillar of education. Today’s kids have so many reading resources available to them, but the challenge lies in encouraging them to read.
Here are a few books that can help in this process:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This book is a timeless classic and one of Dahl’s most loved novels. It was published in 1964. The story follows an 11-year-old Charlie Bucket and his adventure inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. In the factory, he comes across many of Wonka’s helpers and magical treats. This book combines everything children love—funny characters, chocolates, and a moral ending. It is a great book for children to read.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gag
This book was a 19th-century German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm. But it got its best illustration in 1938 by Wanda Gag. The story follows a young princess known as Snow White as she tries to escape from the clutches of her evil stepmother. She is assisted by seven dwarfs. Romantic, adventurous, cute, and filled with twists, this story will capture the imagination of your child.
The Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan
The Malgudi Days is a short story collection that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It consists of 32 short stories that narrate the lives of the people of Malgudi, a small South Indian town. The short stories can be read in any given order. Each story has a different theme, making the reading experience interesting. This book can be picked up again and again and read by your child when they grow older and gain a better understanding of words and sentences.
Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm
The most popular versions of this story were published in the late 19th century by the Brothers Grimm. The story revolves around a little girl who is called Little Red Riding Hood—because of a red cloak she always wears. She goes through the woods in the hopes of delivering some treats to her grandmother. But she is followed by a hungry wolf. This story makes a great show-and-tell entertainer for kids.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson
Originally published as a magazine series in 1911, this book has become a must-read in schools. It tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl, who is rude toward her adoptive family. She is told the story of a secret garden near the house. Mary gets interested and starts searching for this garden, learning things that change her into a better person. The story is entertaining because of its mysterious plot and lessons on good habits.
Reading with children since they are young is the key to inculcating reading habits in them. By reading along with you, your kids will experience the joys of reading, which will give them the motivation to read as they grow up.