30 ways to help your child become a serious book lover and a great reader

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A fabulous list of ideas to encourage, motivate, inspire and help your child become a serious book lover and a great reader.


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  • If youve been around my blog Heartfire At Home for any amount of time

    you know how crazy I am about books. And, particularly how crazy I am

    about books as part of the tapestry of a true home and as a grounding for

    any child.

    For me, if a house is to be a home for a child. It MUST have books in it

    (and not just for decoration purposes!), plus a comfy place to become

    immersed in those books.

    As you know, Im mad about interior design and how we can make it more

    holistic and connected to our lives. I blog joyfully about this concept, and

    spend many, many hours helping those in my real offline world to do just

    that in many ways.

    What you may not know however, is Ive also been a practicing primary

    school teacher as well for over 24 years (four days a week still), and Im

    specifically trained (an extra year on top of my 4 year Bachelor Degree) in

    the area of reading.

    So, I know a tad about it.

    Here then, are 30 ideas (plus a few more, and then one big one), to help

    your child become a true lover of books. Most of these can be used with

    picture story books for younger school age children, or longer chapter books.

    Read on..



    1. Read TO them, particularly books that are too hard for them at the

    moment. The only way theyll get to hear amazing literature thats a

    little bit hard for them is if someone (YOU) reads it to them.

    2. Read WITH them. If you read along together, they can model their

    expression and phrasing on yours. Great practice for them!

    3. Listen to them read. And then, talk to them about what theyve


    4. Praise them when they read well or figure out an unknown word.

    5. Pause dont jump in immediately if they get stuck - give them a

    chance to figure it out (around 10 to 20 seconds).

    6. Prompt if theyre still stuck after youve paused appropriately,

    give them a prompt (a clue), or just tell them the word. You dont

    want to lose the flow of the story or else theyll forget what theyre

    reading about and enjoyment will fade.

    7. Take turns reading parts of a page, or a page each.

    8. Read your own books sitting next to each other, and then share

    your fave bits.

    9. Read your own books sitting back to back human touch is a

    bonding experience

    10. Have poetry reading sessions find some funny poems and stand

    up and read them aloud to each other!

    11. Find some books with childrens plays in them and have a go at

    practicing and performing them!

  • 12. Get them to write their own scripts for a play and then perform


    13. Ask interesting questions about the characters in the story -

    Whats the worst thing thats happened to your favorite character in

    the book? The best thing? Why do they think that? How do they feel

    about..? What would you do if you were in their place?

    14. At the end of a page or chapter ask them to predict what will

    happen next in the story. High five if you were right!

    15. Keep a chart with a gold sticker or star for every book read. When

    you get to a pre-determined limit (5, 10, 20), go for a trip to the

    bookstore and buy a favorite book.

    16. Get out your scrapbooking materials and make up a scrapbook

    page representing a character, a place, an object or an emotion from a

    favorite story.

    17. Draw a map of all the places in the story. Look at maps from The

    Hobbit and Narnia for inspiration.

  • 18. Get out paints, textas, pens, charcoal, all sorts of drawing

    materials and make a picture about the story/book. Collage is great


    19. Use sticky notes (kids LOVE them) to mark up favorite pages in a

    story or book. Use these to refer to when looking for ideas to

    draw/write/scrapbook about.

    20. Use sticky notes to stick on pages with unknown words that you

    could look up later together.

    21. Use sticky notes to stick on pages in non-fiction books that

    provoke questions they would like answered, then Google more info

    later on.

    22. Use the interest generated in the last idea to create a mini project

    or book on their topic of interest.

    23. Use a program like audioboo to get the children reading aloud on

    to the computer and creating podcasts of their reading to hear what

    they sound like!

  • 24. Get them to create a voki of their favorite character from a story

    and make them say something appropriate for that character. Make

    several vokis from the same book, each about a different character.

    25. Let them create, build, and make stuff that relates to a book. a

    castle out of boxes, a magic hideaway in the garden, a fairy ring to run

    around, an animal out of clay or plasticine.

    26. Create a special place in your home that gives reading importance.

    Gorgeous seating, comfy cushions, a bookshelf within reach. Make

    reading a priority.

    27. Let them make books themselves. Kids LOVE this! Give them

    paper, a stapler, pens, colored pencils whatever, and let them create

    their own book. Dont be the spelling police or go over the top trying

    to make it perfect remember, youre trying to develop a LOVE of

    books. Spelling is a whole different lesson!

    28. Give them book plates to paste/stick inside the covers of all their

    own books to make them more special. Etsy has some great sellers for

    this. Just search for book plates.

  • 29. Let them have a torch to read for a few minutes (10? 20?) in bed

    at night and make it a little secretive, special, just for them

    experience. They will never forget this!

    And finally.

    30. Let them read to their younger/older siblings. This makes them

    feel special and like an expert especially if theyre reading a book

    thats really easy for them to a younger brother or sister and talking

    about the book with them, explaining the pictures to them etc.

    NOW, keep reading for some extra tips

    and one BIG idea at the very end!

  • Some Entertaining Extras:

    1. Whatever you do. Make it fun! Go for picnics and take a book

    each and have a picnic read-a-thon.

    2. Sit under a shady tree on a hot day, or (horror), climb one together

    and read a book up there (a-m-a-z-i-n-g).

    3. Make a tree-house with shelves for special books.

    4. Pitch a tent out in the back yard and read by torchlight.

    5. Take a family photo with everyone peeking over their favorite

    opened book and blow it up and put it on the wall near your special

    reading corner or place. (LOVE it!)

    6. Make trips to the library together stop and have afternoon tea

    somewhere... make it as special as possible.

    7. Read a book and then go to see the movie or borrow a DVD of the

    same book and compare them.

    8. Get creative in any way you can think of! Making books a part of

    special memories will create a love for books and reading that will

    be life-long.

  • And, one more thing for those children who already love

    their books and for whom youd like to take things a little


    You know how some grown-ups get together for a book club where they

    each read the same book and then get together on a regular basis to discuss

    the book?

    Well. If your child is up to reading reasonably lengthy chapter books (like

    Harry Potter, The Narnia series, The Hobbit, The Secret Garden etc), theres

    no reason you cant do the same with a bunch of interested children!

    This could be 3 to 5 kids all with the same book, and each week (or

    whenever they meet) they could be assigned 3 or 4 chapters (or whatever suits), and could meet up at a parent's house to read out their favourite bits,

    talk about any words/parts they may not have understood, discuss what the

    characters are thinking or doing, and to guess/predict what they think is

    going to happen in the next few chapters.

    It could only take 30 mins or so, they could have a yummy afternoon snack,

    and then they could have a quick play together and be picked up by their


    If it was your own child plus 3 more, you could fit them all in one car, and

    the parents could take turns picking them up from school on the designated

    day each week. So, you'd only have to go and pick them up from wherever

    they were. Good way to meet the other parents (or chat more with them), and also a good way for parents to get involved in a different way as the

    parent whose home it was at would have to 'lead' the discussion somewhat.

    You could even have your own adult book group for half an hour after theirs while they played if you were all feeling really industrious! Then they'd get to

    see parents discussing books too (even though they'd be playing, they'd

    notice). They may even choose to sit in! Although you'd have to pick child

    friendly books - lol.