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  1. I love the reading bucket list idea! My 5 year old is a voracious reader, and it makes me so happy. I am a bookworm, so I was hoping at least one of my kids would inherit that lol. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  2. These are great tips. I do a lot of these and my kids have a real love for learning!

    1. You’re lucky your kids love learning – it makes everything that much easier and much more fun! Thanks for the note Amanda!

  3. Kimberlie says:

    I am a language arts gifted elementary teacher and you are so right reading is co m.j peting with so many technological activities, especially for boys, who find it slow. I love that you encourage parents to let their children see them reading and to institute family reading time.

    1. Hi Kimberlie! Family reading time is so good and it’s wonderful for parents who love to read as well!! I really believe if kids are immersed in reading as a normal activity to do it really helps the process. Thanks so much for your feedback. Have a lovely day!

  4. Great article! It’s like pulling my teeth getting my son to read & I’m definitely going to implement some of these tactics in my routine. Thanks so much for something that is much needed! I’ve been looking for ways to get my son to not only read more but also enjoy it!

    1. I was in the same boat as you, hence why I’ve been coming up with a load of new ways for kids to get excited (or at least more interested) in reading. I hope some of this little tricks help you Sharla ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I loved this post. I have 8 kids one of those reads all day all night. He does nothing else at all. Never turns on the tv whatsoever. Then I have one who despises everything about reading completely. He gets easily frustrated. I have a study time on my chore list but I never thought to make a reading time so that I could get the one reading more! That is a wonderful suggestion. Thanks so much for your tips.

    1. Give it a try. I think it’s fun and the kids may get a little competitive about seeing who can read most or the longest ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, the best part is you can read too! Let me know how that goes – might be a little more challenging with 8 kids!!

  6. Thanks for theses tips! I love to read and my son canโ€™t really be bothered. Iโ€™ve been wondering how I could encourage him to read more often. Iโ€™m definitely going to try number 1!

    1. Hi Latrelle! It can be frustrating when you love reading and when your child doesn’t and honestly family reading time has been so good for us. The best part is that we all get to read! My son is a little competitive with it too which is great. He wants to compare the # of pages read. If you try it let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Reading can be such an excellent way to enrich our lives. Most of my five kids were avid readers as children, but now that they are teens and older, only two of them still read a lot of books. Sadly, I’ve also moved away from books and tend just to read blogs and articles on the computer. However, I am trying to get back to reading books this summer.

    1. That’s great that 2 of them still read a lot. You never know – the others may get into it more when they’re older. I love reading and used to read a lot more too – books are competing with blogs, Netflix and life so I too have started reading more as it’s such a good way to enjoy me time ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. All great tips! I loved reading as a child. I still love reading, but don’t do it nearly as much. I’m thankful that my kids like to read as much as I did.

  9. I love your suggestion to add 30 minutes of reading time after dinner. I signed my kids up for every reading club the library has to offer. We end up at the library at least twice per week for storytime and pre-school time. We also created book corners in every room. So whether the kids are in their bedroom, playroom or living room there is a designated space with several books waiting to be read.

  10. Absolutely adore this! Reading is so important, both as a form of self care and for your cognitive health. My mom always read to me growing up. And we would go to the library together and have fun picking out books. To this day I’m a huge reader, and I’m so grateful for everything she did to make reading fun growing up.

    Thanks a ton for sharing these wonderful tips. They definitely worked well for me and I would do the same if I had little ones too ^^. Happy reading!

  11. Great tips. I’ve always loved reading, but I know not every kid enjoys it. I think letting them pick their own books is a good one because sometimes they think they don’t like reading, but they just haven’t found the books THEY like.

    -Lauren

  12. I think one of the greatest tips is “let them see you reading” – nothing instills a habit like watching someone else do it – whether it is a good or a bad habit. I know that I got away from reading but have picked it back up a few years ago. We have also had our teen start keeping track of books on Goodreads and is our friend on their so he can see our reading progress, too.

  13. You gave such great suggestions! I need to implement the family reading time, as well as adding reading to the chores list! I remember loving books so much throughout my childhood and I hope my son loves reading just as much as I did! As I grew up, I definitely noticed how much reading books increased the span of my vocabulary.

  14. Love these! I am such a book lover and my husband is not. I so badly want our kids to love reading, so some of these are definitely things I can implement in the next few years ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. These are great tips!! I love reading and we do some reading together time but not enough! Great post I love seeing others encouraging reading. One thing I would add is to join or start a book club! We started one three years ago and it’s still going strong <3 Jamie

  16. Some great ideas! I think I might have to try the Reading Bucket List idea, sounds like fun. As a kid, I used to spend a lot of time reading, it was always time well spent. It’s just a shame a lot of kids don’t like to read these days. Both my kids are still little, but they absolutely love books.

  17. This had some great ideas! I have one who is a reader and one who is not. I just implemented putting on their Chore List. Thank you

  18. Family Reading Time is a part of our routine, and itโ€™s helped a lot. Most of my kids love reading, but one does not. This dedicated time has helped, as he learned its better to actually look at and read the book than sit there bored!

    I also think changing your definition of what โ€œcountsโ€ as reading can help, especially for struggling readers. Comics, magazines, and song books have all interested my kids at one point or another. So they read those things instead of books some days.

    Great list of ideas!

  19. These are great ideas! I remember doing alot of these as a kid, and I now live reading

    1. Thanks Jo! Exactly – you do these things when you’re young and you’ll become a book lover as an adult ๐Ÿ™‚ Win win!

  20. Love this! Our kids are still pretty small, but we do read with them, and let them pick out what books to read every night.

    1. Hey Emily! It’s so good to get them into reading young so it’s a regular activity ๐Ÿ™‚

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