This is a great idea!
If you’re wondering how to get kids to read, it’s actually pretty simple. Have them watch adults who do. I don’t have to prove that. It’s been demonstrated forever.
But here’s the more difficult question: How do you get adults to read?
Parents expect their children to learn how to read the Bible, for example, but aren’t in the habit of reading it themselves. What I’ve learned is that the adults don’t read the Bible not because they don’t believe it’s important. They just don’t read anything.
That’s a problem.
Reading impacts so much of our life.
I didn’t always read. It’s only been in the last 15 years that I’ve actually been a reader. It was difficult for me for a long while. But I stuck with it. It’s been several years that I read at least 24 books a year. My goal is to double that, at some point.
So, here’s my advice if you don’t consider yourself a reader. This is going to be a novel approach–you might want to take notes. There are 3 things to remember:
- Just do it. You’ll find it’s not that big a deal once you start.
- Start small. Carve out 10 minutes each day to read. (That’s the same advice I give for starting to pray and read the Bible.)
- Start smart. If you’re not used to reading, don’t start with a book about brain surgery, unless that interests you. Find something that you’re easily engaged with. Remember, the goal is to get used to reading.
And no, none of that is novel at all. It isn’t Rocket Science. They’re just words that need to be read.
Speaking of novels…