Tuesday Tips: Tips and Suggestions To Get Kids to Read

Posted: July 17, 2012 in Tuesday Tips for Writers
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Here are some reading tips for the kids and some Hiyas books that can suggest to help the little ones go on a reading adventure

Start early, really early. Research shows that mothers who read to their womb are more likely to give birth to kids who will be voracious readers. And even if toddlers can’t read full sentences yet, reading to them will help develop their love for the written word. Why don’t you read to them God’s Favorite Series by Grace D. Chong?

Familiarize young tots with basic shapes, colors, and forms as you ask which is God’s favorite creation. Bright illustrations will pique curiosity and spark imagination.

Make reading time a fun time. Liven up the seemingly “boring” reading time with pre and post reading activities like picture crossword puzzles, art projects and audio-visual support. Kids these days need all the stimulation they can get. One book that we can suggest for interactive fun is The Big Book of Questions and Answers.

Questions, questions, and more questions! Children don’t seem to run out of them. That’s why The Big Book of Questions and Answers is here to help you answer them! Containing a wealth of activities, prayers, and Bible references, this interactive resource material can be used as daily devotionals for the family or as Sunday school lessons.


Participation is the key. In addition to creating games before and after, let the kids be part of the actual reading, by having them turn the pages of the book, having them repeat certain phrases and words you read, talking about the pictures and asking questions within the story. A fun book to read aloud together is Bullysaurus Rex by Robert Magnuson.

Rex is the biggest dino on the block—and he makes sure everyone knows it! He gets a kick out of scaring others, and no one can stand up to him. But what will happen when the other dinosaurs decide they’ve had enough? Watch the underdogs teach Bullysaurus Rex a lesson he’ll never forget!

Again and again and again. Even if you’re already tired of that one book that they keep asking for, read it to them again, with varying voices, phrasing, even adding your own bit to it. And when they’ve almost memorized it, ask them to read it to you. Your kids will surely want to read over and over Meet My Superdad by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

What does it take to be a superhero? For Donny, it’s not superhuman strength or x-ray vision. It’s not the costume or the cape, either! Let Donny introduce you to his superdad—and show you what makes him absolutely super!

Enjoy this adventure-filled read that will open your eyes to what makes your own dad every bit as super as Donny’s.

As kids get older, find new genres. Picture books will not work well with older kids, while wordy books might be beyond their reach for now. Discover new styles that can pique their interest. Fun genres like mangga (Tomo Series by Jim Kreuger) and the illustranovella (Doppleganger Chronicles by G.P Taylor) will give them more incentive to read.

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Lead by example. How can kids give importance to books when they see that you yourself rarely pick up one? So go out and read a book so they can see that you think reading is fun! A heartwarming book both for adults and kids is the Palanca award-winning Sandosenang Sapatos by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan.


A family’s love for a child born with a disability inspires acceptance and openess from a judgemental community. A classic bestseller, this tale has been translated into other languages and was adapted into a musical by the Valenzuela City Center for Performing Arts in 2009. It received the 2001 Don Carlos Palanca Award for Literature, First Prize in the Maikling Kuwentong Pambata.

Make bookshops their “home”. Make frequent trips to your local community library or bookstore so that they will feel at home around books. Look for a place that encourages customers to browse and read so the kids would be comfortable enough to hang out there. Kids (and adults too!) are very much welcome at any of the 11 OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide.

Another tip to get them interested in reading? Introduce them to HIYAS, OMF Literature’s imprint for children’s books. The word “hiyas” means “gem” in Filipino, an appropriate name for a line of books that contain treasures for children. In HIYAS books, readers will discover a wealth of enjoyable stories, memorable characters, imaginative art, and indispensable biblical values.

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