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How To Get Your Kids To READ!

It’s National Reading Month, and this is a big deal for my family. We are avid readers. On a plane, we can be seen all of us in a row staring down at our e-readers, reading different books. (Or, sometimes even the same one!) But that didn’t happen on its own. My mom instilled a love of reading into me, and I did everything I could to pass that down to my kid!

getting kids to read

Let me start by saying that I know paper books are important. I don’t ever want to see them go away, and we have loads and loads of them all over our house, but you can not beat the portability of a kindle e-reader. (They are only $79, so I am okay with it going to school in a backpack!) It’s basically the best thing ever for people who read one book after another, after another, after another without any distractions!

Here are four ways to get your kids to LOVE READING!

getting kids to read

  1. Don’t pressure them. It makes me insane when I see people FORCING their children to read. You know what? If your kid doesn’t want to read, then find better books! That’s what I love about Kindle FreeTime! It’s an all in one subscription starting at $2.99 per month, FreeTime Unlimited offers unlimited access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents don’t have to spend time and money guessing what their kids will enjoy.
  2. The books should BE the reward. Often times I see parents rewarding kids for reading, and I don’t love that idea, because here’s the thing– you don’t reward a kid for watching a movie, why would you reward them for reading a book?
  3. Read yourself! I can’t tell you how many times I have sat down and started a book to find my daughter joining me. It’s better than a movie night!
  4. I’ve already said this, but it needs to be said again: READ BETTER BOOKS! This is so important! Sometimes the books your kids are given at school aren’t the most fun to read. Utilize reading lists, ask friends for recommendations, check out the awesome books the FreeTime Unlimited has to offer right on your kindle, but the most important thing is, to find things your kids want to read. I promise there are books out there. You just need to know where to look.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.