My daughter reads a chapter of a different book every day. Should I let her carry on like this, or should I try and get her to finish one book before starting another? – Maya
This sounds like a very familiar scene. My own bedside chair is piled with books that I am various chapters into. Sometimes I am obsessed with finding out about a particular idea or subject and want to only read non-fiction, sometimes I am tired and want something light and entertaining, and other times I want to be completely transported away. I read very happily like this for a while, and then one book will grab me and I won't want to put it down until I have finished it.
I think with all the distractions that are around now, any reading, of any kind, is to be celebrated but there are ways to make finishing some books easier if the pile of unfinished ones is mounting up. I am not sure how old your daughter is, but if she is happy to be read to, sometimes some of the books that may be a bit more challenging to finish might be great for you to read aloud, perhaps do alternate chapters between you.
Alternatively, audiobooks can help to carry readers, building their confidence up through the story. This is also an excellent way for the language to be modelled in a way that helps unfamiliar words to make sense. But, most importantly, if your daughter is happy reading a bit of something different each day, it is just wonderful that she is reading. One day soon, a book will come along that really holds her and she won’t want to tear herself away until the very last word.