How to Encourage a Child’s Reading Journey

The Guardian carried this post by a teenager who spills the beans on how she turned into a book geek. How, you ask? Because of libraries and librarians.

I read constantly and openly without shame because I love it!

However this has not always been the case. During my years in primary school, reading was a daunting prospect for me. I persevered because my teachers expected it of me, but I began to resent reading as it meant writing “chapter reports” in my reading journal which reduced any enjoyment and pleasure, and I struggled through some embarrassingly public personal help during silent reading time. 

When I changed schools and started to attend comprehensive school at the age of 11, this all changed. With a fabulously enthusiastic and encouraging English teacher, memories of my unpleasant reading experiences began to fade.

But what really got me to start my reading journey again were the library staff. They are really lovely and they talked to me at any time about books I had enjoyed and very quickly made reading sound exciting, without forcing me to pick up a book again.

Our librarians took my interests into consideration when helping me find books I would like and encouraged me to become the reader I am today. I maybe don’t have an extensive list of books which made become a reader as such but I think that is because every book I read for pleasure has had an impact on me in some way, and I still have help and encouragement to read for pleasure from the people who gave me the right books to start the reading ball rolling!

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