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Five Reading Resolutions for Your Young Reader



2023 is quickly approaching and “read more” is likely at the top of someone’s “New Year’s Resolutions” list. While this is a great goal, it may be more challenging to inspire younger readers to carry out intentional reading throughout the year. And specific reading resolutions may help your child refocus and improve their reading experience. Since this can be difficult to plan out with your growing reader, we’ve created a short list of suggested reading resolutions. Below are five, practical reading goals for your young reader to implement and enjoy!


1. Create a reading diary.

A reading diary is a great tool for young readers. They can more clearly line out their reading goals (e.g., how many books they want to read) and track their progress throughout the year. Along with their reading goals, young readers can note their favorite quotes or themes from books they enjoy.


Illustration from "Taming the Flame" (2022)

2. Read 3 books from three different genres.

Adventure. Mystery. Fantasy. There’s nothing more exciting than diving into a literary dimension! Whether they follow Drake and Halo from Taming the Flame or accompany Finn on his virtual investigation in The Missing Piece, challenge your young reader to enter new realms through literature.


3. Find a reading buddy to read alongside.

Reading out loud to a friend can help your young reader build fluency as well as accountability toward reading practice and task completion. Plus, doing things alongside friends is always more fun!


Illustration from "Differences Matter, Diversity Matters" (2022)

4. Read 5 (or more) books about cultural diversity.

Engaging in diverse literature is crucial to young readers’ social development. By interacting with cultural differences, they are more likely to develop empathy and compassion for the world around them. Here are a few stories we’d suggest your reader start with: Differences Matter, Diversity Matters, Fatima the Activist, and My Girls & Curls!


5. Talk about each book you read!

To fully grasp the stories they read, young readers must discuss them. Whether it's with a caregiver, teacher, or reading buddy, time should be carved out for your little one to engage in the dialogue books can inspire. This can better help their comprehension of story-centric concepts: plots, themes, character development, etc.


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