COLUMN: Start a local reading club this summer

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

Parents often ask me the question, “What can I do to help my child become a reader?”

Parents (and grandparents) should ask the second question, “How can I get my child to love reading?” 

Parents also should be readers themselves. If you read, they will copy you.  Providing lots of reading material at the proper reading level and finding the “right” book or magazine for your child is important. For example, Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the TV, pored over Popular Science Magazines as a child.

Another suggestion I give to parents is to start a reading club for your child.

The beauty of starting the club as a parent is that you can control who comes and, to some extent, what they read.  Further, you can be the leader of the group until the children get the hang of how it works. So, how do you run a reading club?

First, you select the children. Parents of children who are friends can band together and share the leadership of between 5-8 kids.  Next, you will need to select the book that the group will read and determine how many sessions each book will last.  Remember to use this site to find reading level:

When the children arrive for the first meeting, you should lay the groundwork for the rest of the book club meetings.  You can explain the responsibilities of each reader and have several books that they can select from to read as a group.  Giving children a choice is always beneficial. 

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