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Reading: Get Your Kids Interested

Looking for ideas on getting your kids interested in reading? Then make it a family activity. Here are some ideas from The National Book Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and Civitas.

  • Incorporate books into standard family games. For example, play charades with book titles. Turn studying for a school test or book report into a game by creating your own trivia game.
  • Take family outings to the library and have every family member check out one book. Visit the library on reading days or during other children’s events.
  • Start a family reading night in your family where you can read and discuss a book together.
  • Kids love performing plays and drama skits for the family — why not incorporate that into their book reading? Have them read a book, choose their favorite scene, and then recreate it for the family.
  • Simply read to your children. You will both benefit from the time spent together. And your children will benefit from stretching their imagination and learning new things. Even infants will benefit from listening to you read, looking at the pictures in books and spending time with you.
  • Encourage daily reading by having plenty of books, magazines and newspapers throughout the house. Keep books in the car, in your purse and in your children’s travel bags, and encourage reading during waiting times (such as at the doctor’s office). Set aside a few bookshelves just for children’s books and begin building up a home library for them.
  • For toddlers and preschoolers, engage them in the storytelling. Have them talk about the pictures they see in the books. Let them tell their own version of the story. Ask questions about what is going on in the story.
  • Be a role model for your kids by being an avid reader yourself and by letting your children see you treat books with care.

Looking for some great recommendations to get you started? Click here for our Recommended Reading List.


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  • Mommy23

    Sooooo needed this! Thank you Michelle Dugger for being so willing to put herself out there as a human (not perfect) example. She doesn’t try to act like she has it all figured out perfectly. She is so gracious and non-judgemental. Thank you Susan Merrill so much from a mom who also tends to have a bit of a temper and gets weary and frustrated at times. We are fighting the good fight though.

  • Tosin A.

    When angry whisper. That needs to be my daily mantra as a mother. *takes deep breathe*

  • Jenna Sears

    Great suggestions– I especially enjoy the idea of whispering– not sure how they are ever going to hear me, but I’m going to give it a try! “Soft Spoken Parenting” by Dr. Wally Goddard promotes similar ideals for parenting. Thanks for the reminder to show more love!

  • cdl5555

    This is ridiculous. I realize that times are changing, but let go of the umbilical cord mom’s! Yes, get to know the parents, Yes, have a way to communicate with your child when they’d like to come home. That’s all great, but seriously, “g-rated movies” and “computer filters” and then you lump that in with “don’t micromanage”. A little contradicting? Let them go, see how they do, and assess if you should do that again.. Go with the flow. Children connect best with someone approachable, not the mom handing out rules like M&M’s