Six Secrets to Raising a Bookworm

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Growing up I remember my mom reading to me before bed every night. It started when I was a baby, she would read books like Hop on Pop and Goodnight Moon. As I grew up, the stories evolved into chapter books and we would take turns reading together. Now, as an adult, I love to read and the same is true for both of my siblings. Since I want Emerson to grow up loving books as much as I do I’ve come up with six easy things you can do as a parent to raise a booklover.

Start Early: Give your child early memories of reading. Fill their nursery with bright colored books and let them explore and play with them. Some of my favorite baby books are Dr. Suess, Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things are, and Brown Bear Brown Bear.

Read Together: Try to get on a schedule, if you can, make it a nightly thing. Not only will it help your child learn to love reading it will help them sleep better when they have a nightly routine.

Lead by Example: Reading together is great, but you also want your child to witness you reading on your own. As they get older they should start reading on their own as well.

Let Them Choose: Give your child the opportunity to choose the books you read together, this gives them a sense of pride and ownership. Emerson is only six months old, but already he will reach out for the books he wants to play with.

Go to the Library: Make it a fun monthly trip you take as a family. They can browse through the children’s section and find new books to explore. It’s also a great free activity to get you and your child out of the house.

Talk About What You’re Reading: You can use the reading time to talk about topics that come up in the book. You’ll be surprised at how easily this opens up your lines of communication. This will also show your child that they can come to you when they have questions.

Remember some children will struggle with reading and there can be many reasons for delays. Every child learns at their own pace so don’t worry if they don’t get it right away. The most important thing you can do is stay relaxed and make it fun!

Is reading important in your family? What are some things you did to instill a love of reading in your child?

One thought on “Six Secrets to Raising a Bookworm

  1. Heidi

    Great tips! I would add that you must guard against anyone who would suck the enjoyment out of reading for your children as they get older. Our kids had daily reading logs when they were in early elementary school. They were required to read for a set minimum of time each day and we were supposed to sign off on the accuracy of the logs. We never, ever actually timed our kids reading or told them that they HAD to keep reading for any amount of time. That just makes reading a chore! Most days, they read for well over the required number of minutes. On the days when they just weren’t feeling it, we cut them some slack. It would have just ruined the magic of reading for them if we had set them down with a timer and instructed them to keep reading until the timer went off. Can you imagine?

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