Many parents complain about their children who are not fond of reading. Of course, making our children love reading cannot be done instantly. People love reading because they feel the benefit of reading. So, the key to the success in making our children love reading is by making them feel the benefit of reading. Ideally, reading is introduced to our children when they are still toddlers of two to three years old. The books that should initially be introduced to the children are picture books full of colorful pictures of animals, plants, and other things that are familiar to them and can easily be found in the real world of the children’s environment. From the first day of their introduction to books children can be directly introduced to the benefits of having books, looking at a book’s contents, loving books, and taking care of books. First of all, the message that should be conveyed is that a book is a tool for having fun, because kids love something fun to do. While looking at the pictures displayed on the book’s pages, they can be taught the names of animals and plants, the letters that compose the names and the way how to pronounce the names. The kids may not call the activities as reading activities, but they know that the activities are fun and make them know something.
At first, children’s books for our children can be purchased from book stores or grocery stores that sell books in our neighborhood. It is better to directly inform our kids that books are something of value by purchasing books in their presence. Let them know that books are something valuable and should be appreciated accordingly. This is the first lesson on how to obtain and to value books for our children. By doing this, we are conveying the message that books are valuable and should be treated accordingly. The next step is to wrap the books that we purchase with plastic wrapping so that they will not be damaged easily. Sweat from your hand can easily damage a book’s cover. Plastic wrapping will make books last longer than they do without plastic wrapping. The process of wrapping the book itself can be made fun for your children to do. It seems easy but it requires skills to wrap books neatly.
As our kid’s reading interest grows he will ask for more and more books to read or look at. It is time for us to take him / her to visit a public library where he can find books of various kinds and satisfy his / her reading interest. Of course, this is the point where an inequality occurs. Not all people have the same level of access to the public library facilities, especially those who live in under developed and developing countries, where a public library does not always exist in a community. You are lucky if you live close to a public library facility. You can regularly take your kids to a public library as needed. An adequate public library offers various facilities related to the needs of the patrons of all age groups.
A public library usually provides a special room for children where they can read books, watch videos, and play with toys provided by the library. The room for children is made as comfortable as possible to make them stay and frequently visit the library. As a place meant for all citizens to utilize, a public library should be equipped with all resources that are useful to their patrons and potential patrons. A community equipped with an adequate public library will surely produce educated and well-informed citizens. However, it is the responsibility of parents to introduce and familiarize their children with a public library and its services. When the children know the benefits of visiting a public library they will make the library as a part of their lives, education, and growing up.