How to Inculcate Reading Habit Naturally Among Children?

As I have mentioned in my earlier articles that I am an avid reader and love reading.

This article is not about giving tips to anybody or recommending any expensive books or techniques that will transform your child into a Super child. This article is about inculcating reading habit naturally into any child by introducing books of child’s interest.

This article is about my journey with my son who is 7 years old and how he has got a natural bent for reading. My son completely enjoys reading a variety of books. I am sharing this with all you Kind and Nice people so you may connect with my experience.

I believe that the roots of learning lies in the good habits and quality time you spend with your kids.

You do not need to buy the most expensive books to read to your child. There are many good reads available at nominal prices on e-commerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart,Firstcry or you can just walk up to your nearest book store and pick anything as per your child’s age. You can buy used books from Amazon or used book sellers. I do not mind buying second-hand books from book sellers dealing in used books.

I started reading books to my son when he was 7 months old.

I brought the initial books from a Gift card amount 1000 Rs that I have received in my office. Some of his initial books are used books shared by cousins. Even now, he does not mind reading books given with love by relatives and friends.

I brought his initial books from Landmark Store using the gift card. I have brought two beautiful books one of which has beautiful nursery rhymes and another one has an alphabet with beautiful pictures. Later on, I added a few more books in his collection which I have brought from a bookstall exhibited in my office. I spent approx 200 Rupees to buy 3 books which were priced between 50 to 90 Rupees.

Initial Books of My Son
When my son turned almost 3 years old, I purchased a pack of Be Good Stories by Dreamland Publications from Amazon which was priced approx 500 under Amazon lightning deals and started reading a story to him every day. After that, he received a few used books from his cousins. When he turned 4 years, I added a few books in his library which I brought from the International Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. One book that he could recite completely was Hulk to the Rescue by Marvel. I was amazed to see how he could narrate the story in exact words as in the book. A few of his favorites are:

Grandma’s bag of Stories by Sudha Murty
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Geronimo Stilton Books by Scholastic
Tigers for Dinner by Ruskin Bond
151 Akbar Birbal Stories
5-Minute STAR WARS Stories by Disney
Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling by Megan McDonald
Vikram & Betaal
Books by Marvel Studio
Books From My Son’s Collection
Books From My Niece’s Collection
He has a collection of amazing books procured from multiple sources. He also exchanges and shares his books with his friends. This habit gives him and his friends access to more books at no additional cost.