The interaction between children and literature evolves not only with a child’s age but their interests, circumstances, and a number of other factors. However, the cultivation of reading habits and interests at a young age is likely to lead to a more engaging and fruitful relationship with literature in later years. A variety of strategies exist that can approach this issue, but the most effective often begins with the interaction between the reading material and the students and teachers.
Not only does this create a culture of reading in the classroom but allows the teacher to keep track of the reading rates and interests of their students. Within younger years, the concept of story drama, in which students and teachers play certain roles in the story is especially important and engaging. Otherwise, this can be achieved through activities such as guided reading, appropriate reading times, discussions, simple journaling, and other interactive and collaborative tasks.