Talking about books is fun. It’s a way to share your insights and learn from fellow book lovers through varying opinions and perspectives. But how about your children? Have you ever tried having a conversation about books with them? Your first thought might be, ‘do they know enough to talk about books?’
This depends on you. Having a book conversation with your child not only brews the love for reading in them but also shows them the life treasures contained in books.
So here are ways to start a Book Conversation with Your Child:
The best way to start a conversation is by asking questions. So before you start reading, show your child the book’s cover, and ask questions like, “What do you think of a title or the illustration used?” Then, if they are a bit older or there are no illustrations on the cover, you can ask them to study the title and guess what the book may be about.
You can do this while reading or after; ask your child, ‘what do you think of the story so far? This creates a bond between your child and the story, urging them to continue reading.
Pay Attention to Details
You don’t necessarily have to be the one reading, especially if your child is old enough to read. You can encourage them to read out loud and point out the difficult words to learn later. If it’s a picture book, make them point out the illustrations in each chapter and understand its purpose in the story.
Creating Connections with the Character
After reading, ask your child:
- Did you learn anything from the character?
- Which of the character’s good/bad qualities do you possess?
- Which one do you wish to possess?
- Has something similar to the story happened to you before?
- If you were in the character’s shoes, would you have done things differently?’
These questions enable your child to relate with the character and derive lessons that they can use in real life.
While reading, make your child understand the reason behind the character’s action or reaction and how it defines the story as a whole. But don’t forget to make the conversation as enjoyable as possible, for kids love fun. And Reading is fun!