Does your child read the same book over and over again? Do you ever get worried that they enjoy the same set of books the most? If you answered yes, I would ask you not to worry. Because rereading favourites comes with loads of advantages, for readers of all age groups, but especially children.
We talk below about why you should learn to love the battered, overused books on your shelf. In fact, you should be thankful for those books, because they might deserve the sole credit for making your child a passionate reader. Here are some of the ways in which rereading helps to mould a reader.
Rereading books brings about more engagement with the story. Things that your child missed during the first read will become visible during the second or third time they sit down with the same book. Your child rereads a book because they enjoyed the story and the characters. The process of rereading is almost like getting to know a favourite acquaintance better, which slowly builds into a long-lasting friendship with the characters. With every read, your child develops more connection with the story and the characters. In fact, rereading can be viewed as a way of revisiting an old friend!
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In Between New Finds:
According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, 41% of children find it harder to find books they like as they grow older. This could be because they are starting to develop a particular taste in books. And the more you get to know something, the pickier you become. This difficulty in finding new books could create a gap in reading. Since there are many other forms of engagement and entertainment, this gap might cause your child to stop reading. Rereading favourites is a good way to continue reading during this gap. By reminding your child why they fell in love with books in the first place, these books will encourage them to keep reading.
This is especially true for young readers. Reading the same book, again and again, will help your child in reading fluently. It’ll also improve phonemic awareness. Being able to read better will also boost your child’s confidence. When your child overcomes the obstacle caused by a lack of fluency, they will start enjoying books more. This brings me to my next point.
Better Literary Appreciation:
For many young readers, books cause a major cognitive load that could tire them out. If your child faces linguistic difficulties, reading can become very exasperating. Rereading removes this load and leaves the field open to sit back and enjoy the story. While reading has many benefits, enjoying stories and books are of prime importance if you want your child to continue reading for the rest of their lives. Rereading enables literary appreciation and builds an affinity for books.
When I was a child, I would reread my favourite books right before my exams! They provided me with familiarity and relaxation. Because I had already finished reading the book multiple times, I found it easy to drop the book when it was time for me to get back to studying. During stressful times, rereading always gave me solace and peace of mind. It is something you can enjoy, without requiring too much effort!