Loving to Read

  • Talk to the teacher: Find out what your school's reading curriculum is, how it is being taught and what you can do to support your child's teachers.
  • Be supportive: When your child advances to topics you don't remember anymore, or don't understand yourself, continue to show interest by helping them find resources in the library or on the Internet. Sometimes just sitting beside your child and listening as he or she struggles with an academic problem, letting them know that you care, can make a big difference in their progress.

Perhaps the best thing about helping to nurture a love of reading in your child is that it's reciprocal, says Morrow. Someday, your child might be able to return the favor: "My grown daughter heightens my own interest in reading," Morrow relates. "She asks what books I've read lately, and recommends books that I should read. With all the professional material I have to read, sometimes I need her to remind me that I don't always read enough for pleasure."

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