Often, we are asked this question “How do I choose a book for my child?” The simple answer? Do not choose for them, choose with them. Some of things that we commit most mistakes with when developing skills like reading is in the factor that we often enforce our children to read what may be “right” for them causing many of them to build an aversion to reading, altogether.
Simply put, try to understand what thought process your child possesses, and in order to put on their shoes you will have to first simply get out of society’s shoes of right and wrong, required or unnecessary. Parents and caregivers often use the limited and perhaps biased knowledge about best authors, classics without really trying to understand the primary need of the child. Just because it worked for someone it does not mean it will work for your child, remember, and always respect the multidimensional aspects of your child.
This would also prove to be an exercise of bonding because you will take more time trying to better understand what excites and intrigues your child. What kind of colours and book covers appeal to them? What genres are they drawn to and what kind of stories make them feel the most content. There is no golden rule really, at the end of the day it is an activity that must bring joy. They have enough academic reading to look at, for almost the rest of their entire life.
It is remarkably close to asking your child the question “What would you like to eat for dinner?”, the child has the potential to respond with their interests. All you have to do is ask. You can always gently and respectfully nudge them to read better and more balanced. If you find yourself pushing them, the books will go the same place the glasses of milk go, into the drain. Also, we must constantly remember these are kids with technology on their side, so their general wit paired with technology needs a tactful tackle. Or you will witness gadgets tucked between the books and the imagination sections of the brain will continue to pick dust as it lacks the fodder it needs. Instead the goal is to encourage and enable your child to be able to read various genres, so that slowly and steadily they begin to develop their own reading habits. It is perhaps a good idea to look at different kinds of series, so your child continues to indulge in the multiple arcs and storylines of their beloved characters.