10 Tips and Tricks to Promote Reading

Hey there Everyone!

On this weeks HomeBase Podcast episode I shared with you all some fantastic ways to get your kiddos interested in reading. Most of you are probably thinking “Thank Goodness!!” because in this day an age it is a struggle to get kids to put down their phones and pick up a book. However, some of you (the lucky few) may have some very studious bookworms already living with you and you feel like this doesn’t apply to you. First I’m going to say don’t get cocky! As a teacher I have seen many a great readers fall off the band wagon to never return to the wonderful world of books. Secondly you probably know someone who could use this info so you should consider passing it on. Either way this is some great information so you should bookmark it for later, use it now, and share it with your friends!

Along with these very great thoroughly researched tested tips, I have included some quotes on reading and books to get you inspired to start reading yourself! So let’s get to it!

How to Raise a Reader:

1. Go to the Library – There is so much to do at the library these days you are going to want to make sure to check out their calendar of events. Ask if you can get involved either with an upcoming event, book club, or choose to volunteer your time shelving books. Volunteering at the library is a great way to get to know the library, find new books, and get your older kids involved. Make going to the library a routine so it’s something your kids can expect and rely on. Don’t forget that the library is more than just books, most have DVDs, CDs, and Books on CD. Lastly, be sure to let your kids check out multiple books. This way if they start a book and just can’t seem to get into it they can move on to something else (this also saves you from reading the same book over and over if you have children that are at the picture book level).

2. Be an Example – If our children don’t see us read they won’t give it any value themselves. Setting a good example is the easiest and biggest way to make an impact on our kids. Pick up a book and read!

3. Let Them Read What They Want – This is within reason of course, but if you let your kids choose what they want to read they are more apt to read in the future. Even if it’s a magazine, comic book, or graphic novel let them start there.

4. Read as a Family – There have been a lot of studies done around reading out loud to your kids and the studies show that it’s a really good thing! Not only does it impact test scores, reading comprehension, fluency, and over all smarts, but it’s also a great way to bond and strengthen your family core. Consider picking out a book at the library and get everyone a copy so when one person reads out loud the others can follow along (this really helps build vocabulary since your kids will be hearing the words and seeing them as well). Or you could have a family book club, meet up once a week and discuss the chapters you all read that week (you can find a lot of discussion questions online especially for young adult books).

5. Get Hooked on a Series – It’s a tad sneaky but if you get your kiddos hooked on a book series then they will have to keep going to get to the conclusion. Another great thing is to get them hooked on an Author. Make sure when your kids are reading that you are pointing out who the Author and Illustrator are, it may even be good to make a note of this somewhere so you know who they like to read.

6. Make Reading a Routine – Wether it’s a book before bed, during dinner, or first thing when you wake up, find time for a book, a chapter, some reading every day the same time every day. It also helps if you keep books everywhere in your house and car, if you see it you do it!

7. Let Them Read Below Their Reading Level – This is especially good tip for those young readers that are still working on building their reading confidence. Reading below their reading level can help them improve their fluency and it makes reading a pleasure not a challenge. Also let your child reread books. This takes the pressure off of focusing on reading the words and allows them to absorb the story.

8. Read Picture Books – Picture books span all ages and actually contain more rare words and subtle humor that younger kids don’t pick up on but your school age child might. Picture books are a great family book to read together snuggled on the couch.

9. Not Just Homework – Don’t allow your kids to only read the required reading at school. If your kids are only associating reading with school work they are naturally over time going to start to dislike it. Most kids grow to dislike school work, especially once they hit middle school and high school, it’s human nature. So be sure your child doesn’t feel that way about reading. Encourage them to have something that is just for enjoyment, even if its only a magazine, a comic book, or graphic novel. Reading is reading in any shape or form.

10. Listen to Audio Books – Kids can listen to audio books that are above their reading level because their listening comprehension is higher than their reading comprehension. This introduces them to rich stories told with expression and this boosts their fluency and comprehension. Don’t forget you can pair the print book with the audio book so your child can follow along and build on their vocabulary. Audio Books are another great way for families to bond on road trips.


Go Read! 

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17 thoughts on “10 Tips and Tricks to Promote Reading

  1. Really liked this post and great pics. Especially the Neil Gaiman quote – I love his books but never heard that one before. Thanks.

    Series, eh? You’re sneaky… but clever. I like the way you think.

    Careful though.. if you keep at it this effectively your kids could be writing this about you in twenty years. (Don’t worry, it’s about books – not drugs!) http://breakingupwithcontraception.com/2015/09/21/my-mum-the-pusher/

    Ella x #BabyBrainedMonday

  2. We’ve recently just set up a little library at home for Arjun and I love it when he picks up a book and brings it to me himself! It’s really encouraged him to engage in books. He’s only little so many loves picture and touchy feely books. Thanks for linking up to #BabyBrainMonday x

  3. I think it’s so hard to get kids to read with the competition of electronic devices etc that need no work. If a kid finds reading difficult it’s so easy for them to just watch something or play a game that requires little work.

    Think you’ve got some great suggestions here. I’m in love with the Tom Gates series for my son – might be below his level (just) but the word/picture combo helps him along.

  4. As a youngster I was the bookworm. Never without a book in my hand. I’d lose myself in them for hours. Then I honestly don’t know what happened. I think doing English Lit at A level actually killed it for me. I’m now in my late 40’s and I’m ashamed to admit reading simply left my life or I it.

    I read loads to my eldest when she was little and loved buying books. Then, once again, dropped off and I have barely read to my other two. By the time bedtime rolls around, I’m exhausted and the last thing I want to do is read. Sad. BUT I’ve implemented a half hour of reading rule each afternoon after school as we’re not doing activities this year so we can actually manage it. And from not being the least bit interested in reading before the age of 8, my 11yo has become book obsessed this past year.

    Bottom line, you don’t know how they’re going to turn out. But these are wonderful tips worth trying.

    Nowadays…all I read are blogs!

    Thanks for linking to #BabyBrainMonday!

  5. Very good list/ tricks! 🙂 My little Ethan loves dinosaurs and will only read anything about dinosaurs. He refuses to read anything else. I think the library now ran out of dinosaur books for his age. He now ask me to read him dinosaur fact books for teens/adults. It is great to see him interested in something but sometimes I also like to see him just reading something else… 🙂

  6. Robyn says:

    Great post, every idea is a good one. I grew up with books – we had weekly trips with mum to the library, my parents owned a second-hand book shop, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on including some quite questionably adult books when I was probably too young for them. I’ve been reading to my baby since he was just a couple of months old and your list makes me feel excited about all the ways we can include books in his life as he gets older – thanks! #justanotherlinky

  7. I am a secondary school librarian and whole heartedly agree with all these tips. I see everyday what happens when reading hasn’t been encouraged at home. It is so important especially giving them freedom (to an extent) with what they want to read #justanotherlinky xx

  8. We are big readers in our family and encourage our Little Bs in various ways. We are quite passionate about it. This post is full of great tips. Fab. I shall be sharing! #justanotherlinky

  9. These are such good tips! My 9yo is a voracious reader (like his mum!) and the author/series thing has worked brilliantly with him (Harry Potter, Narnia, Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, Roald Dahl…) and he has worked his way through, and reread, many series. His 6yo brother reads well (a grade level up) but, he doesn’t seem to be so keen… we need to work on that and I know I need to get better about taking them to the library. Always falls off the bottom of the list. Love the quotes you’ve used, in fact I have used the George RR Martin one myself in a post about reading 🙂 #twinklytuesday

  10. These are great ideas. We go to the library regularly and my kids love it. We read every night too and we’ve got to the stage my son in particular brings us books for us to read to him. Thanks for linking up to #kltr

  11. Angela Milnes says:

    These are great tips. I love the quotes. Reading is so important and i agree that reading as a family is oh so important! Thanks for linking up to #KLTR this month! 🙂 Angela x

  12. wonderfulandaverage says:

    Some brilliant tips here! I’ll be pinning this for future reference. I think I probably need to be setting an example more- what a great excuse for getting stuck into some new novels!! #KLTR

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