For Parents

Raising a Reader
How to Make Reading a Priority in Your Household!

  • Talk and listen to your children. Language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - are all interdependent.
  • Create an environment that is full of interesting things to read - books, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Make sure you have comfortable, well-lighted places where your family can read.
  • Be sure there is quiet time for all to read. Turn the TV and the computer off, especially before bed when research shows these activities may interfere with sleep.
  • Set a good example! Children tend to do as you do not as you say.
  • Read aloud to your children every day.
  • Continue these shared reading experiences as they get older.
  • Share funny or interesting items from newspaper and magazine articles.
  • Ask an older child to read to a younger one while you're busy.
  • Ask your child to read a recipe to you while you are cooking.
  • Take turns reading out loud with your child.
  • Be sure to praise your child's reading.
  • Read what your child reads so that you can discuss it.
  • Encourage your child to read for the fun of it.
  • Let your child choose what they want to read.
  • Be tolerant of what you consider "junk" reading. Reading ability increases with the number of words read while taste is developed with age and experience.
  • Take your child to the library regularly.
  • Give books or gift certificates to a book store as presents.
  • Buy or borrow audio books from the library and play them at home and during car trips.
  • Don't be afraid to share fun picture books with older children.
  • Don't be afraid to share more challenging chapter books with younger children.
  • Show your children that you value reading.

 Reading Links for Parents

Get Ready to Read
…click on Parents and learn skill-building activities, early literacy suggestions, and programs and programs and resources.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader
…Department of Education suggests activities for all age groups, a checklist of what is appropriate at different developmental levels, and information about reading as well as additional resources to aid parents.

A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading in Children
…suggestions from the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Reading to your baby: How parents can promote literacy from birth
…suggestions from the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Reading Rockets: Teaching Kids to Read
…select Resources and the Resources for Families to view information and links about reading, especially as it relates to learning disabilities or Current Articles and AT Home to read how parents can help with reading skills.

Scholastic for Parents
…provides articles and information about learners from age one through the middle school years.