You Are A Reader

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The theme for World Book Day 2022 is You are A reader – but first what is a Reader? 

Oxford Learners Dictionary defines a reader as – 

“A person who reads, especially one who reads a lot or in a particular way.” 

But we go further than that – a reader to us is much more than an individual who picks up a book and reads. So, to unravel what exactly a reader is we asked some of our team: 

What is a Reader to you? 

Rudo – “Being a reader of fiction, for example, for me means BEING ABLE TO INTERPRET THE ADVENTURES OF A CHARACTER. I feel like I am inside the story, living the adventures and feeling what the main character feels – becoming one with the character. It is no wonder, if a book leaves a cliff hanger – inside my head, I am ready to “make up my own ending.” It is that notion of reading or listening to a great story that really captures my imagination – the rest of the world fades away and I no longer think about the fact that I am reading. Engrossed – is the word. 

Uratile – “A reader wants to find; they want to capture their imagination. Being a reader means the rest of the world fades away and you no longer think about anything else but the simple fact that you are reading. Being a reader makes you feel like you are inside the story, living the adventures! 

Nonsie – “A reader is all of us. Everyone is forever reading…from text messages to books to journals. We are all readers.” 

In essence, a reader to us is someone who discovers, someone who connects to the material in front of them and internalises the feelings conveyed in the piece/s. A reader to us is someone who explores, it is someone who captures imagery through words – someone who finds calm in opening a book! A reader to us is one who EXPERIENCES

Nurturing reading towards children

This year the focus on literary exposure centres on revealing and nurturing reading towards children. Yes, children indeed can be and are readers too! – Which is why the World Book Day theme is “YOU ARE A READER”. The focus is on encouraging children to pick up books and experience, to discover, enjoy and improve their intellect. So, you are wondering how can I get my child to read? Do not worry! Here at TheQuotePeople we have all the answers, just keep reading! 

HOW TO BE A READER AS AN ADULT? 

  1. Pick Up a Book – As an adult, you CONSTANTLY need advice, different perspectives, opinions, and entertainment so instead of picking up your phone and asking Google – pick up a book. Allow your children to see that books offer an infinite scope of knowledge. 
  2. Develop A Habit – All you have to do is develop a habit of reading FREQUENTLY, for you this could mean picking up the newspaper every morning! It could mean reading the news online – it could mean whatever you want it to mean but the essence is developing a habit out of something that adds value to your life. 
  3. Explore – In order to become a reader as an adult you have to be willing to explore. That means it would not be a bad idea to check out the library down the street or online libraries. It would not be a bad idea to explore genres instead of the same old boring thing. It also means that you begin to explore reading under the theme of “FUN” 

Fun! That means; the materials you choose, your attitude towards reading and how frequently you read is not a chore but a LIFESTYLE. 

HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD INTERESTED IN READING? 

  1. Lead By Example – If you are a reader, your child is that much more likely to pick up reading material. Why? Cause children are curious, they want to know what it is exactly that you are up to. 
  2. Purchase Age-Appropriate Books – If your child is a teenager or pre-teen then it would be more appropriate to expose your child to the likes of Meg Cabot. This is because they can easily relate to the material …for example school, dating, popularity all of that!
  3. Make reading a luxury, a pleasure and not a chore – Have you ever thought about the effect of reading as a form of relaxing for your child? 

READING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A CHORE – So what kind of material can you expose your child to? 

  1. Children’s Magazines
  2. Novels
  3. Comics

ENCOURAGING DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN TO BE READERS – convincing them they are readers! 

Whether in schools, churches or communities, our task in keeping the reading culture alive consists of convincing underprivileged children that they are readers. This consists of assisting them to discover their inner reader by spiking an interest in the world that literature offers. 

So, what do we call the ABCs of this mission? Keep reading to find out! 

  1. APPEAL to their INTERESTS – If they are a sports fanatic, consider exploring the idea of not only watching sports but reading about sports. A great push could begin with following the local soccer team’s journey through reading of the local newspaper. 
  2. BE READY to KEEP PUSHING – At this time you will run into resistance, some children are just harder to connect with than others, so be prepared to push. Pushing does not mean forcing, it simply means going out of your way to find materials that will relate to that specific child. 
  3. CELEBRATE the little ACHIEVEMENTS – So the child responds to comics, a novel or a magazine – Perhaps they read an article, maybe a story…celebrate the little achievement. Show the child that you are proud of them and remind them that they ARE READERS! In this way, reading for them is a positive experience.

Remember to encourage your child that they are a reader, especially when they find it difficult to verbalize a word that they have read. Encouraging them is the key to unlocking their inner reader. Yes, they are READERS. 

KEEPING #Thereadingculture ALIVE through TheQuotePeople

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!

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