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I love seeing my kids enjoy reading. Their love of reading didn’t happen overnight. I used to be frustrated that they wouldn’t keep still while I tried reading them a story. So I had to figure out how to get them interested in reading.
These are the 7 things I did to help my kids enjoy reading:
1. Read even if they’re not listening
When my babies were still babies, I read to them while they were strapped in their highchairs eating a meal, or crawling around the living room.
Then as toddlers, I took a few books with me everywhere so they could look at books in the car and I could read to them while waiting at the doctor’s office, etc.
2. Storytime every night
To make this happen, I say “time for bed” half-an-hour before they actually need to be asleep. Even when we’re behind schedule, I still try to read at least a few pages before lights out.
They’ve grown to love that devoted time that I have reserved for them. Storytime also calms them down so they can actually fall asleep.
3. Read them exciting books
Cliffhangers are the best! Whether it’s a page-turning picture book or a chapter book, they can’t wait to hear what happens next. I usually read one chapter per night. These are some of the read-aloud books my kids love:
4. Ask them to read to me
My kids like me to sit in bed with them or rub their backs while they read to me. It strengthens our relationship because they know that I’m there and listening.
While they read, I’ll ask things like “What do you think is gonna happen next?” so they know I’m giving them my full attention.
They have built up their confidence and reading skills through reading aloud. Now they can read anything!
5. Take them to the library
Free activity for the kids? Yes, please! Our local library offers daily activities for kids like Lego Club, storytime, and arts & crafts. My kids love all of it.
Borrow a set number every time, we do 10 books per kid, so you know how much you need to have when you return them.
Keep your library books in a bin or basket in separate from their personal books. It makes for easy transporting to and from the library, and also keeps books from getting lost or mixed up with their personal books.
The library is a great place to foster positive feelings about books. Giving your child the choice in what they read can help them make more interested in reading.
6. Find the books that interest them
My daughter LOVES the Fancy Nancy series. Starting a series is great way to keep them wanting to read more.
My son likes the series’ by Rick Riordan like Heroes of Olympus (5 Book Series) and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. He gets so proud when he finishes one book, and he can’t wait to start the next one.
7. Show them I enjoy reading too
Actions speak louder than words, right? They see me borrowing books for myself at the library. They know I like to read before going to bed. I talk about how it helps me unwind in a related post HERE.
When we go to the beach or park, I bring my book along, even though I only have time to read a few pages.
I’d love to hear your ideas on helping your child enjoy reading!