These tips from Judy Blume will help get your child reading. / Jacqueline Veissid/Getty Images
In 2011, only one in three fourth-graders could read at grade level, The Nation’s Report Card for Reading shows. If you’re worried that your child has fallen behind, use these tips from Judy Blume, the best-selling author who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
Let your child lead the way. When suggesting titles for your little reader to pick up, keep his or her interests in mind. And remember that those interests may change, so it’s important to find a book that fits his needs at the moment. “There’s not one right book for all children,” Blume says.
Be an example. Let your child observe you reading for pleasure, or leave books around the house, Blume suggests. Bring your child to author visits at local libraries and bookstores. And if you’re still reading aloud to your child, choose books that are fun for you to read, too, because you probably will have to reread those titles multiple times, Blume says.
Make use of tech. Audiobooks and e-books are great tools to encourage tech-savvy kids to read. With audiobooks, children learn to “follow a story and to listen,” Blume says. Lengthy e-books won’t seem daunting, because no one can see how many pages the book is.