Things you could say to children to encourage a love of reading

read-2841722_12801) You’ll never guess what I’m reading right now?
2) Tell me what you’re reading now? What’s it about? What made you pick it up? Can you tell me about your favourite illustration?
3) Well, that’s reading too isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be a book! Of course, you can bring your comic or magazine in to show me!
4) I didn’t like it at all either. Why didn’t you like it?
5) I loved it because it made me feel… How did it make you feel?
6) Sometimes if I don’t fancy it, I don’t read either. What else do you like doing?
7) I think you might enjoy this one next…
8) Over the holidays I often re-read books, you can re-read anything you like, whenever you like!
9) OK, so imagine you have one question you’re allowed to ask the poet. What would it be? What about a question for the illustrator?
10) You should go and chat to… I know they like the same books as you too!
11) Why don’t you see if you can pop down to the library at the weekend? They will be able to help you find something you might like. If you can’t, I’ll try and help!
12) Why don’t you try reading it again to your brother or sister (or even a pet!) and see it they like it?
13) My mum often skips pages, especially if she’s reading a crime thriller and there’s lots of description – she says she just wants to get to the action! It’s fine to skip pages! You can even have a peek at the end of the book if you want!
14) I wonder if we can find another book together you might like?
15) Well done for sticking with it – did you feel it was worth it? What did you learn?
16) It’s OK not to understand every single word – I read a book called ‘Jude the Obscure’ when I was a teenager and there were SO many words that washed over me, but I DID understand the story and felt proud when I FINALLY finished it. And pretty devasted too – it was a really sad book.
17) Ooohhh! You know how this part of the story made us laugh? Why was it so funny? Perhaps we could include something like that in OUR writing? Here, I’ll show you how!
18) I wonder why this part made you think of that? Tell me more!
19) It’s fine to put it to one side – I often come back to books when I have more time!
20) I like reading on the sofa, wrapped in a blanket. What about you?
21) Would you recommend what you’re reading to anyone? Who? Why? Why not?
22) Well, if it is too hard to read, we can always read it together or find another one? Or, you could read along with an audio book?
23) Instead of ‘Show and Tell’ at the end of the week, we’re going to have a ‘Book Show and Tell’! You can come up and read us a part of whatever you’re reading – it can be ANYTHING – and tell us why you’re enjoying it OR why you’re not enjoying it!
24) Did any of the characters remind you of other characters you know? One of them reminded me a bit of… Shall I get the book so you can compare them?
25) You like drawing, don’t you? Why don’t you try and copy an illustration from the book or you could illustrate your favourite part of the story?
26) Shall we see what we can find out about the illustrator?
27) I’m struggling to find something to read, actually! Can YOU recommend ME something?
28) Just sit back, relax and enjoy. I’m going to read to you…

📚 Can you think of any more? 📚

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