Posted on May 23, 2016

Tips to help your kids love to read

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I love to read. I haven’t always been a reader though, as a child it never really bothered me. I was never encouraged to read I have just learnt to love it as an adult. I don’t ever remember my mum with a book in her hand and I find that very sad. My kids love to read and I do everything that I possibly can to encourage them to love reading.

Boo has our favourite Dr Seuss quote framed and hung in her bedroom…

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So what can you do to try to help your kids become readers?

Be a reader…

Let your kids see you reading and enjoying books. 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. My kids love a couple of short picture book stories at bedtime.

Fill your shelves with books…

You don’t have to spend a fortune. You can pick books up at charity shops and places like The Works for really great prices! Don’t forget to support your local library too. Make sure you 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 🙂

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So what about you, are your little ones readers? Do you struggle to get them to read? Have you found anything that helps? I would love to know so please leave a comment below 🙂

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  • Reply Charly Dove June 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Such a lovely post and I adore that quote too – so very true. I remember reading to POD at six months and everyone thought I was bonkers but she loves books. Now five, she’s starting to read herself and I love listening to her learn new words 🙂

  • Reply Karen Langridge May 31, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I wish I had that reading corner it looks so cosy and welcoming 🙂 My eldest loves reading but youngest has been a slower starter, he seems to be getting there now though, we do have lots of books available for them so I think that’s help its just been finding ones that capture his interest x

  • Reply Jen May 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Fantastic tips and I would also add never give up. My reluctant reader is not a regular reader. It just came later to him

  • Reply Shell Louise May 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was learning to read in infants school, my grandad would have me read to him and when I’d finished he’d say, you must be the best reader in your class. It made me want to be the best reader in my class and it awakened a lifelong love of reading.

    I went through a phase of not reading as much as I usually did for a few years but this year I’ve found that love again and I always have a book with me. I read while I’m eating breakfast and the girls are getting ready for school.

    They both love reading and we still have bedtime reading every night (they’re nearly 11 and 9) but it’s not often they want me to read to them now, they always want to read to me but I do have one book that I’m reading to them, Enid Blyton’s magic tree series. We all adore Enid Blyton 🙂

  • Reply Kara Guppy May 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Sebby loves Dinosaur Roar!! I need a reading corner like that

  • Reply Emma | The Mini Mes and Me May 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    How super cute are those cushions! I’d definitely love to read snuggled up n those x

  • Reply Fozia S May 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I loved to read as a child and am pleased my girls have the same love for reading that I did. Love the book corner idea

  • Reply Emma Raphael May 25, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Books are a huge part of our house. My daughter learned to read when we first moved to Denmark. She didn’t find it all that easy at first and found a retreat in reading. That has just gone from strength and strength and she is now affectionately known as the bookie monster!

  • Reply The Mummy Diary May 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    We love to read, my mum always read to me as a child and so I have always read to mine and it is one of those things that you can leave and pick up again at any point in life. I love the little book corner, we have one under my sons bed, a great place for him to go and snuggle away from it all.

  • Reply mama syder May 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I love this post. I have so many fond memories of reading with my kids, now they are grown up they read for themselves and I love that my son takes his daughter to the library every week, just as I did with him x

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