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Tips To Promote Reading In Your Home

I love to read and there’s nothing like reading a great book.

Nothing makes me happier than roaming the aisles of the local bookstore, looking for my next great read. Getting a shipment of books in from amazon always gets me excited and don’t even get me started about unboxing a shipment of kids homeschool books. Those are my favourite days.


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Growing up, my dad was always reading. You could always find him sitting in his favourite chair, reading a good book just as his mom did when he was growing up. Whenever we’d go out together, he’d always let me pick out any book that I wanted. Every Christmas and every birthday, I’d always get books too. Reading has always been my favourite pastime and Its all thanks to my Dad.

Now that I have my own kids, I want them to love reading as much as I do. Here are a few things that we do to encourage reading in our house.

Read yourself

Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of eBooks. I love the fact that I can always have a good book with me without have to carry around the physical product. As long as I have my phone or my kindle with me, I can read. That being said, I want my kids to see me reading so I always try to have a actual book laying around. Any reference book I’m reading, I usually purchase in the physical form (what I’m reading now), that way I can flip around to different parts.  I usually try to pick it up at least once a day and have a skim through so that my kids see me reading often.

Keep books all around the house

We have books everywhere. A bookshelf in the kids room, one in our homeschool room, book bins in the living room and one in the kids playroom. They are much more likely to grab a book to read when they’re always visible.

Go to the library often

We try to go to the library at least once a week. We spend a few hours there and they can choose whichever books they like. They tend to want to read more when they get to pick out books that they enjoy, not what I want them to read.

Give books as gifts

We always give books as gifts. My kids always get books for Christmas and their birthdays as part of their presents. We also give books to others as gifts. My kids love going to the store to pick out a book to give to other people.

Have family read alouds, even when they don’t need them anymore

Read alouds are a great time to connect as a family. We just love grabbing a pile of books and cuddling on the couch to read. After each book, we discuss it. This is a great way to promote good listening skills and increase fluency.

Start reading as early as possible

We started reading to our kids as soon as they were born. I always had board books around so that they could flip through them and look at pictures but we also read them actually stories as babies. It was a great way to introduce them to a large vocabulary and promotes bonding.

Let your kids pick out a book as a special treat

Sometimes as a fun treat,  we’ll go to the bookstore and I’ll let them choose a book they want. They always get so excited and it makes it feel special. Costco is always great for books too. You can get packs of books for less than $10. This can get costly, so you can also try places like goodwill. They have tons of books to choose from.

Let them choose whatever books they want and read to them as often as they want

At bedtime, each child gets to choose some books to read. My kids usually go through phases of what kind of books they like. One time Liam got a Thor book from the library and we had to read it about 3 times a day for almost 2 weeks. This book was one of the worst books I had ever read but he loved it so much. He was so excited to read everyday. Repetition is also a great for memorization skills.

Try different platforms

Do you have a child who just isn’t into reading? There are lots of websites that have great selections of audio books. That counts too! My kids love to listen to them in the car. Graphic novels are great for older readers.

Stash small books in your purse when you go out

Whenever we have to go somewhere, I always put a couple of small books in my purse to pull out just incase the kids get bored. It works great when we’re waiting for an appointment or going on a long car ride.



These are just some of the things that we try in our house. What are some of your favourite ways to get your kids to read?



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  • Reply Zineb

    If there’s one thing certain it’s that my kids are going to read as much as I always have. Great list to keep in mind!

    Love always,


    June 13, 2017 at 8:52 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Zineb!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    • Reply Joy

      In our house, all of the kids were readers…my parents definitely found me asleep in the bathroom where I went in there to read at night! We didn’t have cable, so reading was the thing to do, and we went to the library probably every week as a kid and came back with loads of books. As a result, my sister and I had reached college reading levels by the 6th grade. We loved those library adventures! And I’m still the girl who has to be careful about picking up a book “for just a little break” because I won’t put it down!

      July 1, 2017 at 4:02 am
  • Reply Grace

    Great tips! I’m a huge reader, and it makes me so happy to see my boys develop a love for books, too.

    June 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Grace!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Helene

    We are so similar! I’m a caffeine swilling, nose in a book, Netflix junkie with 3 amazing READERS! We have been reading since they were in utero and they haven’t stopped. The benefits are amazing, as my two oldest will tell you, having gotten into top notch colleges without having help writing those essays! My youngest is never without a book, a pen and paper to write her own stories, or some weird reading app on her phone. And as the graphic novels, tat’s how we got my son who was preemie and a bit delayed to read. He’s progressed now to Asimov. So, my kids are unathletic and prefer indoors to the sunshine – that’s OK. Their teachers and parents approve. Outdoors to them means reading on the back deck, or grabbing a giant Ziploc to read poolside.

    June 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks for the comment Helene. I love how much your kids love to read! Reading has always been my favourite pastime and I can only hope my kids continue to love it as much as I do. Also, reading on the deck or in the pool is the best!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Brigette

    These are great tips! We homeschool as well so we do a lot of reading!

    June 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Brigette!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Barbara

    Oh, yes! I remember reading to my kids. They couldn’t get close enough; squeezed in close, on my lap and even climbing on my back peering over my shoulder. 🙂 To this day, we read aloud with our children even though they’re all grown up and I still make sure to give a gift of a book to each one at Christmastime. Wonderful tips here, Jessie. Your kids will be blessed as you impart your love of reading to them just as your dad did to you.

    June 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks for your kind words Barbara! I love that you still read aloud with your kids. What a great way to spend time as a family 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Tracy Babler

    You are like a kindred spirit! I practice all of these tips with my girls and they both LOVE books–in their own way on their own time. Great post!

    June 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Tracy!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Victoria with One Sharp Mama

    I’ll have to remember these tips as my daughter gets older. We have a ton of books that we got for the holidays and I have been reading some to her. She tries to eat the pages now, but I hope that im instilling a love to read in her llike I have

    June 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks for the comment Victoria! That’s really all it takes when they’re little 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Darlene Dee

    This is a great list. It’s nice to realize that I’ve been doing these things with the older two kids intrinsically. And they both love to read!
    My ToddlerMonster has more books than toys. (Well, maybe 🙃.) But she loves to read too! She sometimes reads all by herself already–except of course she cannot actually read. Soon enough though, right?

    June 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s awesome Darlene! Thanks for the comment!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Echoesofhervoice

    I absolutely agree that we need to give the gift of reading to our kids. And what better way than to show them by our own passion. Thanks for sharing

    June 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    I’m not the biggest fan of reading, but still try to instill it in my kids. We’ve started visiting the library weekly and we like to pick up books from secondhand stores to fill our own shelves.

    June 14, 2017 at 12:30 am
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s great Danielle! It’s so important to get our kids reading. Thanks for the comment 🙂

      June 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Sharon Chanyau

    Beautiful and informative piece! I am going to use it as I am struggling to make my little boys read. Thanks

    June 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sharon! Spiderman, Marvel and Disney readers really help my son enjoy books. He can’t even read yet and he’s obsessed with flipping through them 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Jaresha

    Great tips! Reading is so important in my household as well. Taking weekly trips to our local library is always fun and exciting experience for my preschooler and preteens. Also, I enjoy listening to books in the car. This year I decided to cancel my satellite radio so that time in the car is time spent listening to books. It’s a great way to get through my book list quicker. 🙂

    June 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Jaresha! I love that you guys listen to audio books in the car. What a great way to pass the time.

      June 15, 2017 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Sohaiba Irfan

    Such an inspirational post! Books are indeed our best friend 🙂

    June 14, 2017 at 11:49 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sohaiba!

      June 15, 2017 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Meli

    <3 I love this. I grew up with all the books, library trips, and even audio books! My mom really influenced how much I love reading. My dad loves reading too, but wasn't has proactive as my mom. <3 Thanks for the memories, will call my mom about this later.

    June 14, 2017 at 11:52 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Meli. I love that you have such wonderful memories with your mom. I have the same with my dad 🙂 Books really have a way of bringing families together.

      June 15, 2017 at 1:04 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Such a great post. We visit the library and the half priced book store a lot! My kids love getting new books and getting lost in the stories.

    June 15, 2017 at 12:50 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sarah!

      June 15, 2017 at 1:05 am
  • Reply Sheryl

    Excellent tips! As an avid reader and a teacher, I can’t express enough the impact books and reading have on children! Perfect!

    June 15, 2017 at 2:48 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sheryl! I agree 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply sara

    Wow great post, reading is so important for me and my household!

    June 15, 2017 at 2:50 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Sara!

      June 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Filled Cup

    Fellow homeschooler here and love this post. We do most of this in the house and it really helps our love for reading <3

    June 15, 2017 at 3:25 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Yay homeschooling!

      June 15, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply My Kids In Tow

    Matilda was the first “big” book I read. I was in 3rd grade and fell in love with reading. I never looked back. I love reading and try to give that to my daughter. It’s not easy. But I’ve found comic books, aka graphic novels to really keep her interest. I will try your tips as well. Thank you

    June 15, 2017 at 9:57 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks! I loved Matilda when I was a kid! Comics and graphic novels are a great way to get those reluctant readers reading. Way to go!

      June 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I love, love, love this! We read to our daughter from the time she was in the womb (played bagpipe music, too!) and continue to this day (she’s 9). She loves to read and and hits the book aisle at stores before the toys. We now have her hooked on audiobooks and as soon as she’s in the car she asks, “Can we listen to…?”

    Would you consider letting me share this over at my website, Nakeytoes Living?

    June 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks so much Melissa! I love that you read to her in the womb! Studies actually show that when babies are read to in the womb, they not only recognize their parents voices but they begin to absorb language. No wonder she loves reading so much. Yes, you can absolutely share this on your website. Thank you 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply princomr

    Very nice post. I have young kids and one not so young. It is good to foster good reading habits from very early.

    June 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thank you! I think so too 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Erika

    Can’t agree more with you. I have 3 kids and 2 of them are books addicted. Will try a digital platform with the other.

    June 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s great Erika!

      June 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Ramona Spires

    These are great ways to ensure children will never loose their love for reading. Great post.

    June 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Ramona!

      June 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Techlinu

    Hey Jessie,

    Your blog is great, I really liked the content and overall design.

    I would love to read more of your posts. Thanks for sharing this great article, I really liked the idea to give books as a gift to children.

    June 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thank you for your kind words!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Daneen Rogers

    I love that I have avid book readers for kids too! My son though, not so much (maybe a boy thing?). My kids are older, but when they were little I took them to the library often, for all kinds of reasons-story time, fun nights, author events, etc. We were just at the library yesterday in fact!

    June 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s awesome Daneen. We love the library too!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Kershelle

    This is a surefire way to get kids reading. I’m a reader myself so I can appreciate emphasizing the importance of reading. Good!

    June 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Kershelle!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Marifer Reyes

    I always loved to read, and I would love to teach my kids to do the same if God give me that blessing someday. ❤️ Excellent post!

    June 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Marifer!

      June 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    I love these tips! My children are starting to get invited to birthday parties where the request is made for no gifts and only books. I think that is genius! 🙂

    June 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Nicole. I love that idea! I’ve never heard of that before.

      June 17, 2017 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply Mary

    I love to read. Great tips you have here. I can totally relate to having my kindle or phone-which means I’m never without a book. The joy I had when the e-books made there appearance. The joy of having all my books available at one time 😊 Another tip is I started reading to my little one when she was a baby. She’s 5 now, and love to choose a book to read .

    June 17, 2017 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Mary!

      June 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Great post!! We love reading here and there are literally books in every room of the house. My favorite thing though, is when my older kids read to my younger ones… melts this Momma’s heart!

    June 18, 2017 at 3:49 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Kelly! That is so sweet <3

      June 19, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • Reply Natasha

    Great tips, I love reading with my little one and hope that he grows up to enjoy reading as much as I do!

    June 18, 2017 at 4:18 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Natasha!

      June 19, 2017 at 2:49 am
  • Reply Stefanie | bliss lived

    i love your last tip of stashing books! ive tried most of the others with no luck enticing my reluctant reader.. but i really think finding a new book as a surprise in my bag might really get him interested (esp while at the dr since im not one of those moms that lets her kids play on her phone. ha!). thanks so much for sharing im leaving inspired.

    June 18, 2017 at 7:20 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Stefanie! I’m sure he’d love that. All kids love getting surprise gifts.

      June 19, 2017 at 2:55 am
  • Reply Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I ended up being a book lover and my mom loves that! You learn so much from reading!!!

    June 19, 2017 at 5:19 am
    • Reply Jessie

      I completely agree! Thanks Oyinkan 🙂

      June 20, 2017 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Kaity | With Kids and Coffee

    We do all of these in our house and our girls are big readers, too. Definitely agree with everything on this list! Nothing better than raising little book worms. (Except when they want to read Cat and the Hat 30 times in a row.) 😉

    June 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Lol! I hear you. My kids love The Lorax. Dr. Seuss books are so long!

      June 21, 2017 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Jayne

    My parents read to me for as long as I can remember – and now I’m a huge bookworm ! It really makes a difference having parents read as well. Rainy weekends were always spent with a book as oppose to the TV!

    June 21, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      I agree Jane! It really does make a difference.

      June 22, 2017 at 1:08 am
  • Reply Chevelle

    I love these tips. I totally agree about making sure you read in front of you. I try to do that as much as I possibly can. Thank you for sharing these great tips!

    June 21, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Chevelle!

      June 22, 2017 at 1:07 am
  • Reply Jessica Peresta

    We LOVE going to the library for story time and checking out new books. My boys have grown up being read to since they were babies, and now get upset if we have a late night and they can’t hear a story that night. Great post!

    June 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      That’s awesome! Thanks Jessica.

      June 22, 2017 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Aarthi

    kids learn by observing and when they see us read, they get into the habit too…

    June 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Absolutely Aarthi!

      June 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply ARHuelsenbeck

    All my kids were early readers. We had story time at nap time and bed time, and sometimes they purposely asked for more stories to delay bedtime. (Most of the time I obliged, because it meant extra cuddle time for me!)

    June 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Love the idea of reading at nap time!

      June 23, 2017 at 2:39 am
  • Reply derralynmonahan

    Great post & I love all your ideas!! I’m a mom of 5 wonderful children & they love reading books!! I’m going to have to use your ideas & put them to use!!

    June 23, 2017 at 12:27 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks! Glad I could help 🙂

      June 23, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Addison Messer

    My son demands books at 2-years old. He loves to read. We adore our library system here…why we won’t move despite the rising cost of living. I love any post that encourages early literacy.

    June 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Addison!

      June 24, 2017 at 2:55 am
  • Reply Amanda

    I love the part about starting early. A lot of parents think there is no point since babies don’t understand them, but what they don’t realize is that your voice changes when you are reading and it soothes the baby.

    June 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply Jessie

      Absolutely! It helps their language development too.

      June 25, 2017 at 3:26 am
  • Reply Chelsea

    I torally agree. I believe everyone is a secret book worm, it’s just about finding what you enjoy reading. Took me a while and now I can’t read enough

    June 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    Such a great tips and so Informative post it is great to teach them to read as early

    June 25, 2017 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Samantha Carraro

    I think that raising your children to be used to reading is really important nowadays, especially because I see little kids already playing with iPads and tablets – at that age I only new Barbies and Legos. Those are some great tips so thank you for sharing!

    June 25, 2017 at 11:18 am
    • Reply Jessie

      Thanks Samantha! I couldn’t agree more 🙂

      June 26, 2017 at 2:45 am
  • Reply Elizabeth O

    We are a household of readers and every single tip you suggested has played a part in keeping us well read.
    It astonishes me to enter a home with nothing to read.

    June 27, 2017 at 7:43 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Ramsey

    Teaching your kids to enjoy reading is such a gift! I come from a long line of readers and am proud to carry on the tradition.

    June 30, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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