In the media, you hear much about getting boys into reading, with good reason. But what about girls? What if your girl is more interested in playing than reading and you want to find some books or other resources to help them engage with reading?
While there are a plethora of books for your girls, mostly mermaid, fairy or fashion series books, choosing the best ones for your daughter may be difficult because of the wide range of choices. In addition, if a girl shows little interest in books then choosing a well regard title may illicit no interest whatsoever, regardless of how good the book is.
If you are at a loss then branch out a bit. Other resources you can try include audio books, interactive games, magazines and comics. Audio books are a great way for kids to engage with stories. Ostensibly Audio Books are recordings of people reading a book and may include sound effects or music.
Audio recordings of books allow kids to get involved and interested in books, without having to do the reading. This is not a bad thing. Unlike movies, when kids listen to audio books they have to use their minds to create images in their head of what they hear. This helps them stretch their minds and get used to concentrating on characters and plotlines.
You can find audio books by a wide range of authors, including popular titles like the Disney Fairies series by Gail Carson Levine, Legend of the Guardians by Kathryn Lasky, Junie B Jones, Geronimo Stilton, Sisters Grimm and many more. While you can buy Audio CDs at most online merchants, Audible offers a cost effective service to download the files to your computer where it can be placed on an ipod or similar.
Audio Books allow girls to be a part of a story if they are intimidated by reading, will broaden their mind by requiring them to visualise the story and strengthen their attention span. It may also pique interest so that they may soon be asking for more books to read.
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