Monday, June 13, 2011

Instill a Love of Reading In Your Child

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends: they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~Charles W. Eliot

Teaching your child the joys of reading is a gift that will last a lifetime.  Here are some ideas on how to instill a love of reading in your child:
1.   Read to them-When they’re young use different voices and get excited about the book you’re sharing with them. The more fun you make it the more they’ll associate good feelings with reading. Reading to an older child will enable you to expose them to books and words that may be a little too hard for them on their own. This is great for bonding as well as increasing vocabulary.

2.   Go to the library-My son could not believe we could just take whatever books we wanted for free! Also if your children know they will be spending an hour there and there’s nothing else to do but read then they quickly get used to finding a book right away so they don’t have to sit there bored.

3.   Give books as gifts-Unwrapping a present is so fun and exciting! Getting a book as a gift makes books fun and exciting too!

4.   Try some books on tape-This is great because it helps make the book come alive. Each character has a different voice and sometimes there are sound affects. This is good for books that are a little more advanced too because you child will hear bigger words being pronounced correctly as they are reading.

5.   Read books that are about to become movies-My son read the Guardians of Ga'hoole and then we went to see the movie in the theater. He said the book was mostly the same but we discussed the differences and he felt he understood the movie better because there were so many more details in the book.

6.   Let them read what they want (within reason of course)-Sometimes kids want to read comics or books well below their reading level. That’s okay as long as they’re enjoying it.

7.   Figure out their interests-Find books for them that will get them excited. If they’re resistant try reading a chapter or two to them. If it’s a good book they’ll get sucked in.

8.   Model-As with everything what you do your kids will copy. So pick up a good book and show your kids you value reading.

9.   Unplug-Watching television is a much easier way to be entertained than reading a book so if given the choice many kids will pick television or video games. Take that choice away! It’s fine to veg out and enjoy a movie or show sometimes but if a child is exposed to loud noises and flashing lights in their face all the time a simple book that forces them to use their imagination is much less appealing.

10.Do some activities to make books fun and to extend what your child is learning. Here is just an example of some activities for Green Eggs and Ham. If you do an internet search you can find activities for many books.

11.Take it slow-if you have a child who is already turned off to reading just spend 5 minutes a day to start. Read a silly book below their reading level so they think of books as fun and easy instead of a huge undertaking. My son went through a stage where he hated reading. I told him he didn’t have to read anymore but I would continue reading to him. He eventually started to love reading again and is now an avid reader.

12.RELAX! If you’re forcing them to read and making it miserable for both of you them you’re only teaching your child that reading is not enjoyable.

What reading activities do you do with your child?

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At June 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower from blog it forward. I'd love for you to stop by my blog and follow back :)

At June 13, 2011 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

Here from blog it forward- now following your blog (I already follow you on Twitter). I tweeted this post for you and FB'd it as well. Great post!

At June 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM , Anonymous Insightful Mommy said...

New follower here from blog hop on bloggy moms.

Follow me back at and twitter @insightfulmommy

Many thanks!

At June 14, 2011 at 7:01 AM , Blogger thechattymommy said...

Love these ideas!
I am following from the hop.
Please follow back.

At June 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Autism Connects said...

Hi from your latest follower. So glad to find your site. I found you blog hopping. Great post. I have regularly read to my children. They love books. At our school they are actually teaching parents ideas on helping your child to read. It was one of the most important skills we can have. Be sure to check out me out my very 1st bloghop Autism Awareness Wedensday. Sarah

At June 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM , Blogger ArtMuse Dog and Carol said...

Wonderful post ~ Reading is like a life line ~ to the world ~ so glad you posted this ~ hopping over from Tickle Me Tues Blog Hop ~ ^_^

At June 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM , Blogger Simply Sami said...

I am a new follower via GFC. Found you on To the Top Tuesday. I would love if you stopped by my blog and followed back

Have a great week.
Simply Sami

At June 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM , Blogger The Rheinlander's said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! We hope to reach our goal also!! : )

At June 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM , Blogger Kimberley said...

Hi! I'm following you from the Tuesday hop. I hope you'll visit me and follow me back at

Thanks and have a great day!

At June 15, 2011 at 3:17 AM , Anonymous Samantha said...

I love reading to my little guys.

Thanks for stopping by Nifty Mom! Gladly following back.

At June 16, 2011 at 1:31 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

Thanks for stopping by today for the Thursday's Bloghop Cafe! Love that you joined us.

I will be taking my kids to the library the week after school is out...(yep, we are still in school until the 24th). They love participating in the reading club and it's so important they don't lose all that reading fluency they have achieved during the school year.

At June 16, 2011 at 1:44 AM , Blogger Melissa Sharon said...

Thank you for posting this - I have twins about to go into kindergarten and I feel like I'm always walking the fine line between reading being fun and reading being a chore. Following you from the Thursday blog hop, would love for you to visit me at Thanks!

At June 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Menopausal New Mom said...

Oh I love the name of your blog. Talk about sum it up for most of us Lol!

I totally believe in the power of reading. My daughter has been reading since she was 3 and reading Dr. Seuss books by the time she was 4. She could get about 80% of the words on her own even though some of the books she had never seen before. They really are little sponges. You just have to make the time to teach them.

Great post!
Oh yeah, I'm following you back too :)

Happy Thursday!

At June 18, 2011 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for participating in “Stalk Hop Friday!” I'm Following you on GFC as Mrs. Marine!
Don’t forget to stop by next week and link up again on "Stalk Hop Friday"!

At June 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM , Blogger Victoria's Voice said...

I love this post. Our reading time with the kids when they were little was the most important part of the day. Both boys grew up loving to read! These are some really great ideas!

I wanted to stop by and thank you for participating in the Get Wired Blog Hop this week. I am following you.

Have a great day!


At June 19, 2011 at 5:01 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for the ideas and also thank you for participating in the GFC hop at I followed you back on GFC & NB while I was here. Have a great week!

At June 20, 2011 at 7:07 AM , Blogger deals2112 said...

Great post! I love reading and so does my 17 month old... well he loves his books!!! :)

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At July 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Lovely Light said...

Hi there- found you through the Stalk Remix hop and am a new follower. As the daughter of a librarian, I benefited from many of these tactics. I love to read and listen to books on tape. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

I hope you had a great weekend!


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