10 Ways to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

Reading is such an important skill — and loving it offers even more benefits.

There is so much joy to be had from a good book. Books spur our imagination, take us to other worlds, make us laugh, cry, and teach us so much about life and the world around us.

Plus, reading provides a critical foundation for success in school and in life. Fostering a love of reading early in life is important — here are a few ways to help your child love to read.

1. Become a reading role model

Children take cues from their parents. Like so many facets in life, model the behavior you want to see. If you want your child to love reading, let them see you read for fun.  Tell your child about the books you are reading, your favorite books of all time, and what you love about reading.

2. Read together

One of the best things a parent can do with their child is to read together, routinely. Even if your child is a baby, read, read, read. If you have an early reader, take turns reading. One fun idea is to choose a book with an upcoming movie adaptation so you can take a special outing to see the book come to life on the big screen.

3. Listen to audio books

Like books, audiobooks create a shared experience between a parent and child. Plus, they make a reading experience more interactive, as actors and actresses perform the stories in various voices. Audio books are also convenient, as families can enjoy them together on road trips, while doing household chores, etc.

4. Visit your local library often

Statistics show that in 2019, more families visited their local library than movie theaters. Libraries are wonderful resources for communities, providing a fun place to play and learn for children of all ages.

5. Take a trip to a Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Little Free Library sites are popping up everywhere and you’ve probably seen these in your own neighborhood! Don’t forget to donate an old book when you take a new one so your book can find a new loving home.

6. Find books that excite your kids

If your child doesn’t love to read yet, perhaps you haven’t found the right book that’s tailored to their interests. Don’t be afraid to step out of the age and reading level list of suggested books and explore different book genres and topics that excite your children.

7. Participate in a reading incentive program

From baseball tickets and free hamburgers to arcade tokens, there are tons of programs that offer freebies to get your little bookworm making reading a habit that they’ll grow to enjoy. Look around and find one near you.

8. Designate a reading nook in your home

Whether it is under a play tent or on the couch in the living room, having a quiet, cozy reading space sets the tone to avoid distractions and let the magic of books to come to life.

9. Attend local free storytime events

Change up the scenery by taking advantage of free storytime events in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. There’s so many to choose from, you can go to multiple events each week!

10. Gift them books

Whether it is for a birthday or holiday, suggest that family and friends gift books to your child, and inscribe them with a special note they’ll cherish for years to come.

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