Monday, November 8, 2021

Top Tips For Reading With Your Children

Sharing a book with your child is a fun thing to do together. It’s a time when you can be close, laugh and talk together, and it can also help your children to get a strong start in life. You can encourage them to become lifelong readers. If you aren’t confident about reading aloud together or sharing books with your children, don’t panic. There is no right or wrong to enjoy a story together and you can find a way that works for you and your family. If you would like some tips to enjoy reading with your children, here are a few ideas to get you started. 

It’s Never Too Early To Start

It’s never too early to start sharing books with your children. They might not be able to understand the words yet, but they will enjoy cuddling up with you, listening to your voice, and looking at the pictures in their books. You can even share books with your baby while you’re still pregnant. 

  • Talk to your bump. Your baby is able to hear sounds from outside your bump from as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. Talking to your bump on a regular basis will help them to get familiar with your voice and be comforted by listening to you talk before they are even born.
  • Try black and white books when your children are young. Many books designed to be read with a newborn include black and white images. These books are ideal for newborns in the early days while their eyes are still developing, as they won’t be able to see color yet.
  • Join your local library. Libraries can be a great place to get advice and recommendation on what books are suitable for which age group, what books your children might like, and what new books are out. It’s also a good way to get a good supply of new books to read together without having to spend a lot of money. You might also be able to meet other families with kids of similar ages too. 
  • Get other members of the family involved. Storytime can be enjoyed by everyone, and it is a great way for everyone to bond. For example, there are lots of books for young children about the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents. Perhaps your child would like to read one of these stories with their own grandparents. 

As Your Child Gets Older

Sharing picture books is a fun thing to do with your child. Don’t worry about it if you can’t finish a book yet because your child gets distracted, chews the book, or wanders off. This is normal, and their attention spans will get longer as they grow up a bit. Don’t worry if you’re busy and don’t have much time for reading in your day. Even a few minutes of reading time can make a big difference to your kids, especially for building reading skills for 1st graders. Here are some more ideas for your slightly older kids to enjoy story time with you. 

  • Ask your child to choose what they would like to read with you. They will more interested in a book that they have picked out for themselves. Don’t worry if they bring the same book over and over again. This is normal too, even if you’re fed up of it!
  • Turn off the TV, radio, and computer when you’re reading. It will be much easier for you both to concentrate on the book and enjoy the story if there aren’t any distractions. 
  • Sit close together. You can encourage your child to hold the book themselves and turn the pages as you read. 
  • Look at the pictures. You don’t just have to read the words that are on the page. There might be something fun to look at in the pictures together, whether you’re laughing at something funny, looking for a particular character, or pointing out what’s happening. Your child might also enjoy guessing what will happen next before you turn the page. 
  • Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a very good way to talk through any fears or worries that your children might have, and to help them deal with any emotions they’re having that are confusing them. Give your child the space to talk while you’re reading, and ask how they feel about what is happening in the story. 
  • Have fun. There is no right or wrong way to share a story. As long as you and your child are having fun reading together, then you’re doing it right. Don’t be afraid to be silly, and do things like acting out situations or using funny voices. You kids will love this! 

Encouraging A Love Of Reading

As your children get a bit older, they will have a lot of other activities, like school, homework, friends, and sports competing for their time. There are still some ways that you can encourage your children to make time for reading, and enjoy reading. Here are some ideas to raise children who love reading, despite what other demands they may have on their time. 

  • Read yourself. It doesn’t matter what you like to read. You could be reading a newspaper, a magazine, a cookery book, a computer manual, poetry, or an old novel. If what you’re reading would be appropriate for them, you could get your children involved too. For example, if you’re cooking, ask them to read the recipe for you. If you’re watching TV, ask them to read out the listings. 
  • Give books as gifts. This is a good way to get more books into the house for your children. A cheaper way to keep a regular supply of books coming in is to encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other. This will mean that they will all always have something new to read, and they can talk to each other about what they’re reading. This could encourage them to read more too if their friends are involved and enjoy reading too. 
  • Visit the local library together. It can be lots of fun to choose new books to read and to keep an eye out for special author events at your local library or bookshops. Lots of children’s authors do regular events like this, and kids love to meet the authors that they like. Authors like Jacqueline Wilson and Anthony Horrowitz always have very long lines when they do signings. 
  • Have a family bookshelf, so your children can reach their books and choose a book for themselves any time that they like. If you can, have a bookshelf in your children’s bedrooms too, so their books are always to hand. 
  • Keep reading together. Just because your children are getting a little older, it doesn’t mean that you can’t read together and share stories anymore. Choose something that you will both enjoy reading, like the His Dark Materials series or the Harry Potter books. 
  • Don’t worry if your child reads the same book over and over again. Lots of children find familiarity comforting, and they might keep returning to the same book they have loved reading again and again. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. And let’s be honest, we’ve all done it, even adult readers!

With these tips, you can help your children to become lifelong readers. Literacy skills will help them at school, and later on in the working world, so it’s well worth putting in the effort to encourage your children to enjoy reading. 


  1. Great ideas. I like to ask them what their favorite parts of the book are and how they would change it if they wrote the book

  2. These are excellent tips! One thing we really missed during lockdown was going to libraries... such a great place for kids to get excited about books.

  3. My nephew is really getting interested in books these days so definitely gonna include some of your tips. :)

  4. These are great tips! My daughter and I always read a book at night time. Reading is so important!

  5. Such great tips. Never too early to get kids interested in books.

  6. I always loved reading as a kid. You could always find me with a book.

  7. Reading to kids is such a good thing. It helps them later in life.

  8. Great tips! My mom read to us when we were very young and took us to the library OFTEN.. It really instilled a love of reading into both my sister and I!

  9. Great tips for any new parent.

  10. These are all wonderful tips! I think one of our favorite times of the day is bedtime! We always curl up 1/2 hour before bed...and just read. Such a nice and peaceful time of day! So many great books out there!

  11. Great tips! I wish I had these when my son was little. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks for the tips. Reading with your child is extremely important and such great bonding time.

  13. Teaching a love of reading definitely starts early! They pick up on so much language very early on. Reading and talking with your baby and child is so important to their development cognitively and socially!

  14. Great tips! I love to read with my nephews. Starting early makes a big difference.

  15. Thanks for sharing these great tips this was super informative to read.

  16. I love to read so I started reading to my children from day one. My daughter loves to read also.

  17. These are great tips. I read all the time and do my best to get my kids to either read or listen too.

  18. Great tips! I am so glad my 2 daughters love to read.

  19. Thanks allot for all these amazing tips

  20. These are some really great tips--my children love to read!

  21. Great tips and advice! I work at a library and wish more parents would bring their kids in. I remember how much I loved choosing books at the library when I was a kid. I learned to love books.


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