6 Ways to Turn Your Kids into Readers

What is the most important thing to the publishing industry?

You might have some really interesting answers, and they are likely all important ingredients to all things publishing. But the answer I’m looking for today is readers.

And if you’re kicking yourself because you didn’t say that, it’s okay. So much of the time as authors and book marketers, we are incredibly focused on the marketing aspect of publishing. But before we were authors, most of us loved to read (and hopefully, still do), and I’m here today to tell you that marketing, while a major component, is not always what we should focus on.

Because in the end, keeping publishing fresh and alive is about way more than the wild beast that is book marketing. It’s also about the readers. And more crucially, it’s about developing young readers, about fostering a love of reading — a love of books. More than just an industry reading and books will keep imaginations growing, minds developing, and curiosity flourishing. (This recent Washington Post article discusses Scholastic’s new Kids & Family Reading Report if you’re looking for more reasons why!)

So how do we do it?

Again, the answer is quite simple — get kids to read more. The how may be a bit more complex. There are so many things that compete with reading time — from television to carefully scheduled activities to the myriad hours of screen time we hear so much about.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, we’ve made it simple for you with this infographic that gives you 6 fun and effective ideas for incorporating reading into your family.

For a larger, printable version of our guide to getting kids to read more, simply click here.

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So, we might have just said that encouraging kids to read is more important to the publishing industry than book marketing. But you probably still have at least one book you’d like to get in the hands of more readers or could use some pointers on making the most of the publishing industry. If you’re not sure where to start, I’d love to offer you some professional advice in a personal coaching session. Click here to get started!

This post originally appeared on AMarketingExpert.com.