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Phonics. CVC words. Sight words. Working to improve reading skills. If you’ve got a reluctant reader, you’ve probably heard it all. But what about helping your reluctant reader discover the JOY of reading? Here are 20+ tips that include some you’ll already be doing along with some you’ve probably never heard of or even thought of doing yourself!

Yes, whether we’re writers, teachers, librarians, reading specialists, parents, grandparents, or homeschooling families, we all share one thing in common: we want to know how to raise our children to love books as much as we do. Here are some of my favorite tips that I hope will help you on your journey!

  1. Make reading time a special time each night before bedtime.
  2. Reading books written in rhyme helps build confidence in reading.
  3. Read together in a comfy spot.
  4. Let your kids find you reading, too!
  5. Model your home into a nest of books with books in every room.
  6. Gift books on birthdays, holidays, and special occasions.
  7. Read aloud to your children.
  8. For beginning readers, read books with vocabulary just right for their age.
  9. For struggling readers, look for “hi-lo” books…high age interest on topics for older kids but lower vocabulary levels.
  10. Fill baskets of books and place a basket next to comfy chairs.
  11. Create a special reading nook…comfy oversized pillows, stuffed toy reading buddies, books, books, books!
  12. Continue the heritage of a rich tradition and read nursery rhymes to your children.
  13. Glue a bookplate in the front of their special books with their name on it.
  14. Host a book-themed party…just because!
  15. Have dress-up days with costumes as your favorite book characters.
  16. Borrow books from your local library.
  17. Build a Little Free Library for your front yard and enlist them to help fill it with books.
  18. Hunt together for books at garage sales.
  19. Give kids opportunities to earn cash to buy books.
  20. Read poems aloud to instill a love for language.
  21. Sign your kids up for a summer reading challenge.
  22. Invite them to share favorite books with a friend.
  23. Read the same book they’re reading and talk about it together.

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