Posted on October 8, 2018

#Blogtober18 Day 8 – Hearing Them Read

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Today’s prompt for #Blogtober18 is ‘hearing them read’ as it is #librariesweek, we love to read and I always make sure that we all try and read at least half an hour everyday. I love nothing more than a trip to the library to choose some new books. I think that is one of my most favourite memories from being a child too… the library van used to come to our village every week and I always used to go and get new books. I want my kids to love reading as much as I do so I try to make it as fun as possible for them, if they see it as a chore then they are going to fight not to do it. So today I thought I’d share our tips for helping kids love to read 🙂

My Tips to Help your Kids Become Readers.

Be a reader…

Let your kids see you reading and enjoying books. If they see you doing it they’ll likely follow. I don’t ever remember my mum with a book in her hand and I find that very sad. I’m a massive fan of the good old paper back, I do have a Kindle but I very rarely use it. I love the feel and smell of a new book and I hope to pass this on to my kids too.

Read to them…

Don’t stop reading them stories just because they have learnt to read themselves, kids love to listen to stories! I know it can be hard some days when all you want to do is collapse in a big heap but try to read them a story or a chapter everyday. Bugs especially loves a chapter or two read to him before bed. If you have more than one let them read to each other too. Bugs always used to adore listening to his big sister read when he was little.

Fill your shelves with books…

You don’t have to spend a fortune. You can pick books up at charity shops and make sure you support your local library too. Try to have lots of variety and don’t just stick to fiction, kids love facts too! If they don’t seem interested in books then maybe subscribe to a magazine that they love.

Bring books to life…

Whether it be acting out scenes from their favourite book, dressing up as book characters, painting a scene from a book or something different try to brings their books to life. Let them tell you all about the book they are reading and then plan some fun activities together. My kids favourite activity of all time is to go on a bear hunt 😉

Let them read in bed…

At weekends my kids are allowed to read in bed for an hour and for half an hour on school nights. They love an excuse not to have to go to sleep. They usually fall asleep reading but I can’t think of a better way to fall asleep 🙂

Make a reading corner…

Create them a lovely cosy space for them to go and read in, Boo has a little corner with a lovely blanket and some gorgeous cushions and she loves nothing more than to go and curl up with a book. Bugs has a nice bean bag in his room that he loves to sit and read on. They both love their blankets (just like Mum) to snuggle under 🙂

If you have any great ideas for encouraging kids to love reading I’d love to hear them so please leave a comment below 🙂

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  • Reply Wendy October 9, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Amazing tips! I love reading and I’m so pleased that my five year old has fallen in love with books to. I love reading to him and I really hope as he grows up he continues to loves books as much as he does now xx

  • Reply Rachael October 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Love the point about bringing the books to life; what a brilliant idea. I am a big reader (although finding it very hard at the moment with my newborn) and I think Lukes inherited that love for books. It’s lovely hearing him read and he’s very eager to learn.

  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto October 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    I love your tips!! We have done all of these tips and my daughter is obsessed with books now. I think getting into the habit of reading to them regularly from a young age definitely helps to kick things off, but we’ve also found, just like you, that having a reading corner and letting her read in bed has made her so passionate about books. x

  • Reply Lisa October 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    We read all the time but this has slipped recently with a new baby in the house. Four months in we’ve now got a bedtime routine which includes Isabelle reading to Freddie and I and then me reading a book to them x

  • Reply Kim Carberry October 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Fantastic tips. Reading opens up whole new worlds to children.
    My girls love to read in bed and sometimes I have to actually take the books out of their hands to make them go to sleep. lol x

  • Reply Anosa October 9, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Both my parents are great readers and I and my siblings always had a book in hand to read wherever we were. Love your tips.

  • Reply Treasure Every Moment October 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    This is all so true and so important! I love the idea of bringing books to life as a different way to enjoy them 🙂

  • Reply Talya October 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    We have a little reading den which my daughter loves to cosy up and read. We read to my daughter from a baby and now she is five we have such an abundance of books in the house and she loves reading!

  • Reply Mel October 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    We also love reading at home and my four really enjoy it when I read them a story. Our trips to the library are always the highlight of the month too and they get really excited about all the new books they can pick.

  • Reply Sabina Green October 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Reading is great – not always easy to encourage the older ones but I agree keep reading to them and let them see you reading books. I love picking up books from charity shops.

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