How to Get a Child Accustomed to Shared Reading. There are Four Strategies You Can Use.

Last Updated on 3 May 2022 by Dr. Sandro Cantoni

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As a parent, there is nothing that you cherish more than the idea of sharing your favorite books with your children and fostering a love of reading in them from a young age. But it can often seem like an uphill battle, as it seems that no matter what you do or say, your kids just aren’t interested in picking up a book.

Whether they would rather scroll through their phones or watch TV all day long, getting them to sit down and read can feel like an exercise in futility.

This article is for all the parents out there who have tried over and over again to get their kids into reading but have repeatedly failed. Here, we offer some tips and strategies for inspiring your children to pick up a book and fall in love with the written word.

Using fun incentives, or building reading into family routines, there are plenty of ways to pave the path to literacy for your little ones. So don’t give up hope – with patience and perseverance, you can surely unlock the hidden bookworm within your child!

4 tips for getting children accustomed to shared reading (for toddlers and preschoolers).

When it comes to books, many parents have high expectations for their children. We often assume that our kids will be immediately drawn to stories and other literary content, that they’ll instinctively seek out the pages of a book and crave the excitement of a great tale. But in reality, this isn’t always the case.

For young children, books are simply another object in their environment, one with which they may engage in a multitude of different ways. They may touch or smell a book, throw it onto the ground and hear the satisfying crash as it hits the floor, or even bite into it out of curiosity or boredom.

While these behaviors may seem alarming or frustrating to us as adults, they’re perfectly natural – and indeed essential – aspects of learning and development for kids. After all, books are not simple ideas to children; they’re objects that must be explored on their own terms.

Rather than trying to force our children into reading or constantly nagging them about whether they like books or not, we need to allow them time and space to explore these objects on their own terms in order for them to really come alive and reveal their magic. In other words, don’t expect your kids to instantly be interested in books – give them time and freedom to explore and they just might surprise you!

As you read, try to be yourself, natural, and genuinely interested.

When it comes to reading aloud to children, many parents worry that they need to be perfect in order to make the experience enjoyable for their children. However, the most important thing is not your voice, but your attitude. smile, and expressions.

With these things, you can transfer your passion for reading to your child and make the experience truly enjoyable. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be well-spoken and have good diction, but natural is always better than forced. So relax, be yourself, and enjoy the experience of reading aloud to your child.

Choose books that are appropriate for their age and abilities.

Most parents want to choose the right books for their children, and when they are one or two years old, that usually means choosing “hardback” books. These are the books with a few sturdy pages that do not tear and can be explored with all the senses (hands, eyes, mouth).

Hardback books are usually more durable than paperbacks, and they are often more interesting to young children because they can touch and feel the textures of the pages. In addition, hardback books often have brighter and more vibrant illustrations than paperbacks, which can help to hold a young child’s attention. Choosing the right book for a one- or two-year-old child is important, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

The illustrations in a book are an important factor to consider when choosing one, especially for children. They need to be accurate representations of the story being told, and they should be eye-catching enough to keep kids engaged.

The best illustrations are those that are drawn in a way that makes them stand out from the background, using bright colors or interesting patterns. Additionally, the illustrations should be relevant to children’s everyday lives, so that they can easily relate to the characters and the story.

Children are naturally curious, and the best books for them can be the ones that pique their curiosity and invite them to explore. The right books will have raised or rough parts that invite little fingers to touch and explore. They may have holes that beg to be poked or windows that offer a glimpse of something hidden inside. By engaging children’s senses, these books help to spark their imaginations and encourage them to ask questions. In addition, the best books for children are also the ones that are entertaining and engaging. They should be able to hold a child’s attention while also providing opportunities for learning.

Slow shared reading time. 

Reading is an essential activity for young children, helping them to build language skills and develop their cognitive abilities.

When reading with your child, it is essential to take things slow and be present in the moment. Rather than rushing through the story or skipping ahead, you should focus on engaging your child and taking the time to really connect. This means letting go of any worries or distractions, and approaching each reading session as a time for enjoyment and nurturing.

By being attuned to your child’s needs and feelings, you can create an atmosphere of calm, happiness, and love. Whether you’re sharing a new book or revisiting an old favorite, reading with your child should always be a joyful and bonding experience that enriches both of your lives. So the next time you pick up a book together, remember to take things at a gentle pace, savoring each moment as it comes.

The environment in which you decide to read with your child.

Try to create a reading environment that is comfortable, cozy, and free from outside noise and interference. A place where you both can meet, get comfortable, and read together. By creating this type of environment, you are sending the message that reading is important and valued. Additionally, it will help to foster a love of reading in your child.

There are a few simple things you can do to create an ideal reading environment. First, choose a quiet location in your home where your child can focus on their book without distractions. Next, make sure the space is comfortable.


Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting children accustomed to shared reading can be easy and enjoyable when done correctly. By following the simple tips I’ve outlined above, you can create a positive and lasting experience for both you and your child that will encourage a love of books and reading.