It’s the beginning of a new year and that means it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions. This year, as your kids make their resolutions, encourage them to also make some resolutions related to reading. To help them out, we’ve come up with a few resolutions of our own.

Resolution #1: Find Time to Read Every Day

Reading every day is one of the keys to building kids’ reading skills. If your kids aren’t already spending part of every day reading, encourage them to find 10-20 minutes a day where they just sit down and read a book. It could be right after they get up in the morning, as soon as they get home from school, or even time spent reading as a family before they go to bed.

Resolution #2: Read the Classics

While there are a lot of great new books out there for kids, there’s still something special about reading classic stories. Pick up some favorites, such as Black Beauty or tales by Hans Christian Anderson. You’ll find animated versions of many classic stories, such as Cinderella and The Ugly Duckling on iStoryBooks.

Resolution #3: Read with a Purpose

Not all reading is for fun. Instead of just picking up a novel, consider reading some non-fiction. Maybe you want to learn all about different types of dinosaurs or pick up a biography of a famous person. By reading non-fiction, you can gain a lot of knowledge.

Resolution #4: Read Something Different

Consider reading something outside of your comfort zone this year. Kids have a tendency to stick with a favorite series or genre because they know what to expect, but there are lots of other great books out there. If kids like fairy tales, encourage them to try to read a mystery. If they’re a big fan of sports stories, encourage them to read something about animals. The more variety kids read, the more they may find that they enjoy reading.

Resolution #5: Read in a Variety of Formats

Don’t stick with the traditional book. Instead, look beyond paperbacks and hardcover books to discover graphic novels, ebooks, and even animated stories. iStorybooks offers a wealth of free narrated stories to help pique kids’ interest in reading and introduce them to a variety of formats.

What are some of your reading resolutions for 2017? We’d love it if you’d share them with us!