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25 Simple Ways To Cultivate A Love Of Reading In Your Children

So you want to raise a bookworm?

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2. Don't limit reading aloud to bedtime.

Instead of ending the day with a book, start it with one! For smaller kids, reading is also a great way to transition to nap time and it can help older kids unwind after school.


4. Always keep a book or two on hand.

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You never know when an opportunity to read will present itself -- the waiting room at the doctor, while parked in the school parking lot waiting to pick up a sibling.

6. Frequent your local library or bookstore.

Rather than spending the afternoon debating if you need all the things you piled into your cart at Target (of course you do), take your kids to the library and let everyone pick out a book — for free!


8. Gift books.


Instead of toys that are likely to get lost or tossed, give a book to a child celebrating a birthday. Also, gifting and/or donating books to a school or nonprofit that serves children is also a great way to spread a love of reading.

9. Read the same book your kid is reading.


This can mean sitting side by side with a chapter book and taking turns reading aloud or reading the same book as your tween or teen individually and discussing it together later.


13. Make reading relatable by finding books that your children can identify with.


Look for books on topics your kids are interested in or where the characters might have something in common with your children.

14. It's OK not to finish the book or even a full chapter.


Cliff hangers aren't just for soap operas and Thursday night dramas. Leave them wanting more! They'll be eager to find out what happens next.


18. They make great milestone markers too!

Inscribe a book for a birthday, graduation, or the birth of a sibling. Kids will love going back and reading notes from loved ones and sharing memories related to the story.

19. Plan a family project that will require some research.

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Think of a fun family project such as starting a vegetable garden or building a tree house, then head to the library and do a little research to help you get started.


20. Ensure that books are easily accessible.

Keep books within reach and don't be afraid to incorporate them into the decor. Put them low on shelves and in floor bins and mix children's books in with your more traditional coffee table books.

21. Older siblings make great helpers — let them take the lead.

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Reading to their younger siblings gives them a chance to work on their reading and vocabulary. It will also strengthen their bond.

22. Don't limit reading to traditional sources.


Online articles, magazines, newspapers (yup, the funny paper counts) and even your iPhone are all great places to find great stories beyond actual books. Just be sure they are all coming from a parent-approved source.

23. Select books featuring familiar and loved characters.


If your kid loves Mickey Mouse, look for a book starring Mickey. If your tween is a Star Wars fanatic, allow the force to be with them in the form of a book. They're more likely to reach for a book starring a character they already know and love.