Read Your Way To The Top

As we come towards the end of our solid campaign, we reflect back on the importance of installing a reading culture among youngsters.

The problem is far worse than we realise, where even with the popularity of young adult fiction like Harry Potter and Twilight the problem still remains. Throughout our campaign, we have shown the reasons behind youngsters not reading and also the ways by which if incorporated can help stop the decline of the reading habit.

‘Read your way to the top’ isn’t just a random message but is sincerely targetted towards the reality of what can happen if you follow it. There is no shortcut to the solution but requires the involvement of people to raise this concern on the behalf of making a smart world in the future. We would want our leaders, innovators and artists to be technically sound and mentally gifted. Books are an important catalyst in establishing such a role.

Everyone especially parents and teachers has a bigger role to play in making this younger generation lose their mindset regarding reading, and cultivate an open viewpoint towards such a habit.

We also urge the people following our campaign to get involved by creating a difference by preaching the benefits and making others aware of the dire need to make a change before it is too late.

Before we sign off, we would like to thank our readers for their immense support and endless love, now its time we use our learning and strive together to make a peaceful reading world.

-Paras Agarwal

HELP IS ON THE WAY

There are a number of programs and organizations that are providing enough resources to help build a love of reading among children.

Here are some notable mentions.

 

PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy initiative developed by Australian state governments. It is set not as a competitive event, but rather as an individual challenge to each student, as well as to promote a love of reading books. The challenge is run in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria. It has been embraced by more than 95% of public, private and religious schools.

The guidelines to the program in each state differ slightly, but students must generally read a minimum of books within a certain amount of books, within a certain amount of time. In some states, these books must be a combination of personal choice books and other books from a pre-selected list of approved literature.
For more information on the program, visit their sites.

 

ZIPTALES

Ziptales is an online literacy “library” designed for school and home use. Ziptales has been a leader in the field of online literacy for more than 12 years. It is based on the latest research about how children develop and sustain a love of reading. The Ziptales “library” was built by trained teachers with the express purpose of making reading a pleasurable and lifelong experience.

How does it work?

Kids usually login to ziptales from school or home, where they get a database of hundreds of stories and activities to choose from. They have the option to read with or without animated voiceovers.

BRIGHTLY

Brightly is a resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

 

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-Paras Agarwal

 

 

 

 

READING ROLE MODELS

Parents know how to inspire a love of books in babies and toddlers, but as kids get older and go to school, reading can be seen as work rather than fun — and kids, especially teens, may stop reading for pleasure.

Here are few tips that can help parents to become a reading role model that their child needs.

 
1. KEEP THINGS REAL

Make explicit connections between your child’s ability to read and her future options in life. If your child is thinking about college or a career path, have open, honest discussions about the ways reading might be necessary for her success. Just be careful to discuss, not preach. Encourage your child to brainstorm with you and to generate some of the ideas you discuss.

2. LET THEM CHOOSE

The best way to encourage your child to read is to allow them to read whatever they find engaging, whether it’s comic books, cookbooks or romance novels about vampires or zombies. The books they are drawn to might not be your favourites but don’t discourage their preferences. Reading is reading. Avoid any urge to censor her choices.

 
3. MERGE MOVIES WITH BOOKS

Hollywood is turning to teen lit for ideas more than ever. Offer your child the print version to read before or after a big film adaptation comes out, and talk about the similarities and differences between the two. Check out our list of Books to Read Before They’re Movies in 2016.

4. MODEL READING

The best way to create a culture of reading in your home is to read as much as possible. Read at home where your teens can see you. Talk about what you’re reading, and express your enjoyment. Always take a book or magazine along when you go to the beach or face waiting in a long line. Send your teen the message that reading is a pleasure, not a chore. The more your child sees you reading, the more likely they will follow suit. This doesn’t change once your child enters high school. Teens are even more resistant to any message that implies do as I say, not as I do.

5. TIE READING TO SOCIAL MEDIA

If your child likes texting friends and posting on social networks, you can give them mini-assignments that use those interests. For example, encourage them to start following a blog and to read interesting posts aloud to you occasionally. Or you could ask them to be on the lookout for interesting abbreviations people use in texts and get them to make a cheat sheet or to quiz you on what these abbreviations stand for.

6. KEEP READING MATERIAL AROUND

Kids who grow up with lots of books around tend to read more. Stock the bathroom, car, dining table — wherever there’s a captive audience — with comic books, graphic novels, and magazines geared to your teens’ interests; first books in hit young adult series; or classic sci-fi and mysteries.

7. LEVERAGE THEIR INTEREST IN CURRENT EVENTS

Highlight the ways that your high-schooler can use reading to keep tabs on what’s happening in her world. Encourage your child to pick up a newspaper or subscribe to a magazine. For teens with learning and attention issues, reading might seem frustrating or boring. But if your child is interested in sports, politics, celebrities, music, you name it, there will always be something they might want to read!

Please leave a like and comment with other useful tips.

-Paras Agarwal

What would make them read more?

 

Strategies for Choice
Time spent reading is an investment, therefore it is important to choose the right type of book before investing.

There have been studies that show not a lot of students are equipped with strategies for selecting books and are unaware of currently existing tools to help them support their search. While some students are heavily dependent on parent or friend recommendations, many students had little opportunity to gain knowledge of books and authors, as their closest social influences were not actively engaged in book reading, underpinning the importance of effective strategies for choice and exposure to a broad range of different authors and genres.

Explicitly teaching choosing strategies may increase the number of positive matches between students and books.

 
Access to attractive, relevant and diverse books

Once appropriate choosing strategies have been acquired, students need ready access to interesting books that are both attractive and diverse. The look of the book, encompassing book size, colour and cover, and even the title font, influenced their choice.

Authors, publication companies should ensure that the design and the aesthetic appeal of the books must align with the right demographics, as it can do wonders in attracting publics.

 
Time availability

Some students were genuinely unable to read books for recreation due to heavy non-recreational commitments, including paid work, sibling care and a substantial load of schoolwork.

Schools need to incorporate silent reading into their schedule, that will enable them to utilise their available time in an appropriate manner and without the hindrances of external activities after school.

 
Time allocation

Many students did not read because they chose not to, making the decision to allocate their allotted recreation time into more appealing pursuits. The ready availability of technology within their immediate domestic sphere and an apparent lack of restriction on their use of technology enabled many students to spend the majority of their recreation time as screen time, whether on a computer, phone, tablet or TV.

Parents need to install a period of abstinence from electronic devices which could increase the likelihood that time would be allocated to recreational book reading in the absence of screen-based alternatives.

 

Concentration

It is apparent that concentration is the prime reason that significantly affect some students’ inclinations not only to initially engage in the book reading process but to sustain reading for more than a short period of time. Literate students may struggle with the cognitive demands of book reading, and this may discourage them from regularly undertaking the practice.

Media multitasking that involves engaging in more than one screen-based activity simultaneously: for example, watching television and texting, or watching music videos on a tablet while Instant Messaging, can be cited as a reason to cause problems in the nature of human cognition that can create hazards in concentration when reading books.

 
Encouragement
Parents, teachers, friends and peers potentially influence students to engage in recreational book reading more regularly. The current generation of adolescents is characterised by a social nature and a subsequent craving for interactivity. Now, more than ever, students need the chance to talk about books in a supportive environment. Educators can create platforms for peer encouragement on a broader scale. Home environment can act as a catalyst to support the initial engagement and transform it as a daily activity.