How to Motivate Children to Read More
I believe in rewards and incentives as a form of discipline, but I also use them in other areas like reading.
Anytime a kid’s movie comes out that was a book originally I don’t allow my kids to see the movie. At least, not until we have read the book. Often times kids get down about reading. When my kids do this I use watching the movie as an incentive. Instead of them complaining about reading they can’t wait to finish the book and will actually ask me to read them another chapter.
Some ideas to get you started are:
Books Made into Movies for Elementary Age Kids
The Chronicles of Narnia
They have made several of these books into movies. These books can be somewhat challenging, so this might be a good series to read aloud to your children. So far, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been made into movies.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
They have already turned the 1st and 2nd book of this series into movies and hopefully, they will eventually make more of them into movies. This is a five-book series.
Unfortunately, the movie was not as good as the book. It was very different. We read the book first and then watched the movie and for the first time my kids realized how much better a book could be and was. I thought that was a great lesson for them.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Right now there are 12 books out. My kids think The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
books are hilarious. They read them over and over. They loved the first two movies too.
Ann of Green Gables – I am unsure of how many of these books were made into movies. I know the first 2 in the series are definitely movies. Also, for younger children, you can get a children’s version. I found one at Walmart for $5 and it was a hardback.
Star Wars – there are tons of these books and they come in various reading levels
Wonder – Wonder is a book about August Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who pushes a community to test its values.
Books Make Into Movies for Tweens and Teens
Once your kids get older there are even more books they can read that have been made into movies.