Teach a Young Reader

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Sakhi, 8, and her father, Babu, read together at their home in India.

Want to give your child a boost toward learning to read and loving books? Beyond a bedtime story, try this — create a reading corner or nook for books.

“Reading corners are one way that parents can make a safe, stimulating space inside the home for children to focus on reading,” says Craig Geddes, World Vision literacy program manager. “Reading corners can be as big or small as a family’s budget dictates.”

Around the world, parents are taking that advice to heart. Concerned about their children becoming strong young readers, they want to provide a comfortable spot with good light and lots of books. That way children will be encouraged to practice reading skills. They’ll know that the adults in their lives value literacy and education.

Sakhi and Babu furnished a corner in their home that’s just for reading and homework.

“A few months ago, Sakhi could barely even recognize alphabets. Today she is able to comfortably read full sentences from books,” says Babu proudly.

“I’ve also studied till the eighth grade so I help her read and study at home,” he says.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Tiatemjen Jamir

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