Developing an interest in reading at an early age is important. Reading is a gateway into learning other important life skills, such as understanding vocabulary or being able to read street signs. Starting at a young age can also help the child’s brain to develop at a faster rate, causing them to excel in their studies once they finally enter school.
Children have very short attention spans, so keeping their interest can be difficult. Many authors will accomplish this by having simple, fast moving plot lines and very colorful pictures to go with their stories. Children who are read to will slowly begin to recognize the words in the book, and if the book has captivated their interests, they will develop a natural want to read the book.
Parents can also help by reading stories their children take a personal interest in. Personalized books that include the child’s name can make a great gift and be a way to grab their attention. Several story books are available that can introduce your child to fun characters and spark their imagination. A personalized story throws your child into the book, making them all the more interested in learning this important life skill.