Reading habit in children

Tips for Building the Habit of Reading

“Are those who know and those who do not know one?”

The Holy Quran; Surah Zumer (9)

“Supposing that we know is the biggest enemy of learning.”

C. Bernard

“The education of those who do not gain the pleasure of reading is interrupted.”


“The need to read is like gunpowder, once ignited it will not go out.”

Victor Hugo

“All I know is knowing that I don’t know.”


When it comes to reading, the classic Turkish society gives little importance to reading. The reason for this is mostly economic excuses and lack of time. Indeed, we can safely say that socially we do not have the necessary interest in reading. Considering that in today’s society, people spend 200-300 liras a month due to their smoking habits and spend 4-5 hours a day in front of the television on average, the uselessness of the excuses for reading becomes clear.

In our country, where an average book is 15-25 liras, we see that a smoker can buy 5-10 books a month and read 3-4 books a month by spending 2 hours a day. This is not a difficult activity to do. Unfortunately, our society is moving away from reading day by day and becomes more dependent on the disease called television. In the face of this black picture, it is obvious that it becomes more difficult for our children to acquire the interest and habit of reading.

Considering the first place where the habits of the child are acquired, the family environment appears as the most effective way to gain the habit of reading. Because the child applies what he sees, not what he hears.

Factors such as the family’s attitudes and behaviors, the importance adults attach to reading in the family, whether there is a library at home, whether the parents, who are the role models of the child, have a certain reading habit, appear as important factors that determine whether the child likes to read or not. The most determining factor for the formation of reading pleasure in children is the environment as well as the family. The child also evaluates the impressions he has gained from his environment mentally. It has been observed that children who grow up in environmental conditions with appropriate reading habits acquire reading habits more easily. However, no matter how favorable the conditions are, it should not be overlooked that each child’s reading pleasure and interest may differ due to individual differences.

The first way to give children the pleasure and habit of reading is to make the child love books from an early age. And it should not be forgotten that children more easily like, value and care about things that parents love, value and care about. A book is not something that a certain age will benefit from. It is something every age needs. Looking at the book from this perspective will determine our attitudes. Reading books to children from the very first age, supporting those read with pictures, allocating time for this, offering interest are activities that will increase the child’s interest in the book. When you do this, you also say, “Look, I love books and reading; I value the book and reading; This is a very important issue.” you give the messages to the child’s subconscious.

Read to children often. This is the most effective way to engage the child in reading. Children love reading together. When reading to children, you should also observe the child’s interest. If the child asks you questions while reading, it shows his interest. In such cases, you should stop reading and focus on the question and give satisfactory information. While a story is being read, explanations should be made by stopping at certain places. “What would you do if you were faced with something like this?”They should contribute to their imagination by asking such questions.

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Do you have a library at home? A country-based research on whether there are libraries in homes has unfortunately resulted in disgrace for us. As a result of this research, we encountered the bitter truth that we are even behind many African countries, which we see as a third world country and that we subconsciously think are far behind us (or rather, we think). Yes, unfortunately the situation looks really dire. Having a library in our house is a measure of the value given to the book. The home environment should reflect the value placed on reading. To your child with the library in your home “Books are something that a special section of the house is reserved for to be read, retrieved when needed, and preserved.” you send your message. You should also include newspapers and magazines in your home. The more diverse the reading, the more interesting it can become for the child.

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Children more easily adopt what they feel belongs to them. This is why subscribing to a magazine on the child’s behalf can be very helpful. A child may like a magazine that comes in his name and is delivered to him every month. Such subscriptions are the kind of long gifts that can be given to children for a year, and they do not cost much. Gift him a book on special occasions such as anniversary, birthday, holidays. Receiving gifts is enjoyable and you will attract the child’s attention to the book.

In addition to all these, your attitudes and behaviors are also very important, regardless of the activities you plan to do. Your attitudes are vital for instilling a joy in reading in your child.

Despite everything that is done, the child may refuse to read a book. In such cases, putting pressure on the child may cause adverse reactions. The most accurate approach is to create a suitable model. The more you love to read, the more you show interest and spare time for reading, the more you get involved with books, the more you talk about books and authors in your conversations, the more the child’s interest, value and love for the book will increase.

Before you get into the habit of reading, question yourself. Weigh the value and interest you give to the book. Review the time you spend on the book. If you think you’re doing it right, you have nothing to fear.


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