How to make children love books?

As caring parents, we know that books are beneficial for our children. We want our children love books even from an early age. How can we reach this goal? Can we simply push our children to read a book? Well. Probably not. It is not a good strategy. If your child is not fond of books, we ‘d better lead them to a right direction. In this article, Seven important strategies are explained.


1. Start early

In almost all the sports, world best players have started learning their specialty sports from an early age. Tiger Woods, a legendary golfer who won 14 major titles, already shot a 48 over nine holes at age three. Michael Phelps who won 23 Olympic gold medals started swimming at age 7. Lindsey Vonn, one of the legendary skiers who overcame so many injuries, started skiing at age 2. These are only a few examples of how important it is to learn from an early age. Starting from an early age has tremendous advantages: the nature, logic and principles of what someone is learning can be naturally imprinted into the body, nerve system and brain. So, continuation to later age will be a lot easier. By the same token, the fondness of books from an early age is also crucial and beneficial for a child. It is a lot easier to have a book-loving habit even at a later age.

2. Visit Library 

Everything is new to a child. Going to a library and being introduced to a lot of new books can be a great adventure for a child. To encourage a child to a library trip, it is highly recommended to issue a library card for a child. A child can feel that he/she is treated as a unique and important individual. Also, borrowing books from the library can guide a child to one of the systems of society.

3. Make use of Audio books

In an other article on this site, the benefits of audio books have been explained. Both (picture) book and audio book can be a winning combination. The images from a (picture) book can be imagined while listening to an audio book. The visual images from the audio book will be compared & confirmed when a child read the (picture) book again. It will be quite a fun to a child. For me, I read several fairy tales to my daughter. When our family is traveling, she listens to their audio versions. She loves listening to them. When she hears some sentences from the audio book, she re-verifies the scene and asks some relevant questions. For example, when she heard the mad voice of the bad witch from “Sleeping beauty”, she asked me “why is the which not invited?” . Children have so many questions & great imaginations. Audio books are definitely helpful for expanding their imagination.

4. Make it Habitual

It is important to read books to your child often. The goal is to make book-reading a second nature of your child. It is like imprinting reading habit to his / her brain & mind. Once reading habit is imprinted into his / her mind, this million-dollar worth habit will last for entire life.

Many experts claim that keep reading even after your child learn how to read is also important. It can be considered as further effort to imprint reading habit into subconscious mind.

Ritualization of reading is a good way of making it habitual. By making it a daily routine (flexibly, most convenient time of the day), anxiety can be relieved and reading can be a second nature to a child more easily.

5. Be a good model, parents!

It is interesting to observe that children imitates their parents a lot. When I do some stretching motion, my 3-year-old daughter imitates my pose. My daughter imitates some expressions my wife mentions from time to time. Her behaviors make us laugh a lot of times. You probably have similar experiences. Children loves to imitates their parents. When parents watch TV a lot of times, probably children want to watch it too. Pushing your child to read a book while you are watching TV or small cell-phone screen is probably unreasonable to your child. How about turning off TV and read a book yourself? Being a good model will be a great motivation for your children. It will be also beneficial for yourself.


6. Make it spontaneous: No push

Do not push your child to read books. Involuntary reading forced by his/her parents might have more drawbacks than benefits.  It is better to think of ways to encourage them to read. There are plenty of ways.  Some examples are

  • Personalized book can draw your children’s interest a lot as mentioned in other  article from this site.
  • Performing book-inspired activities will be also very helpful. For example, after reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carlie, all the foods drawn or printed on a paper can be picked up in order. With the help of latest technologies, a lot of activities can be created and performed.

7. Repeat

Repetition is recommended in book-reading. For example, we usually cannot understand all the details of a movie by watching it once. When we watch a movie twice or three times, we can recognize more details of the movie: symbolism of an action, conversation, background object, etc. The same principle can be applied to the books for children. Through repeated reading, a child can think over the plot, conversation, and the picture of the book. To encourage repeated reading, a help from parents is highly recommended. Why don’t you discuss with your child about the details of a book after reading? It will be a great motivation for your child.




Seven effective strategies to guide our children to book-loving habit have been explained. We all want our children grow up happy and (mentally as well as physically) healthy. I believe book-loving habit from an early age will promise positive effects on our children. I hope that your children can grow up happy and healthy by applying the above strategies.

10 thoughts on “How to make children love books?”

  1. Hey Jason!
    I actually really like this post, as I’ve always been an avid reader and I think it was largely due to the fact that I started reading very early on. I played a lot of story-driven video games too, and I think that really helped immerse me in literature.

    I think it’s more and more important over time for kids to be reading books. Social Media and technology has been doing a lot of damage to the literacy of today’s youth. Go on Facebook and Twitter and watch native English speakers struggle to even form or read basic sentences. We gotta bring back reading!

    Great post Jason!

  2. Thank you for your comment, Tyson.
    I agree with you 100%.
    Getting familiar with books from an early age will be beneficial for children in so many ways.
    It will be more beneficial for children, especially, in the digital era.
    Like you, I have loved reading since I was young & reading has given me so many presents: knowledge, empathy, pleasure and ecstasy from time to time.
    I have been trying to guide my daughter to the direction of “loving books”.
    Again, thank you for your comprehensive comment.

  3. That’s really great! I believe my parents did the same with my little sister. Surprisingly it worked perfectly.

    Teaching kids to love books is something we should teach all of our children, some people will ask but why? we have the internet and computers. But in my opinion Books far better than the internet for many reasons. The most important part it is not safe for children.

    Books were and still are our best friends! However, I would love to add to your list, once we start teaching our kids to love books we should also teach them to pick the right book! Because sadly nowadays, so many books are bad so bad! They teach them all the bad things in this world.

    Thank you for this amazing post! I loved it.

    • Hi, Mohammad.
      Thank you for your thought.

      Yes. choosing beneficial books is crucial.
      And, we’d better give a guideline of choosing right ones.

      Your comment inspired me to think about what is the right book for each child.
      Thank you.

  4. Hey Jason

    Great read, I could definitely use some of these ways to help get my host kids to read.

    All they ever want to do is watch TV or play on their phones, I would like them to engage in more books instead of screens. One of the three loves to read but only things of his interest – which is only MINECRAFT. So we got him an endermen diary and he just finished the book last night.

    So definitely love the spontaneous, no push tip and creating personalized books.

    I am officially on it. Gotta get caught up on my minecraft skills.

  5. Thank you for your comment, Katelyn.
    I also agree that “Make it spontaneous: No push” is very crucial.
    Being pushed to do something against children’s will might create a lot of side-effects in the future.
    Let’s help them to love books in more spontaneous ways.

  6. I enjoyed your article. I am a grandparent now and have not had the pleasure of reading to a child for many years. Your article has reminded me not only of the joy of reading to a child but also of the value. Your points are all important. One thing that I might add is that its important to allow a child to handle to books, manipulate the pages using all their growing senses. Books then become a common thing for recreation. Believe it or not, my love of reading came from my earliest memories of my father reading “Dennis the Menace” comic books to me and laughing hysterically. I loved having him do that even into my adult years. Thanks for this article.

    • Hi, Jim
      Glad to know that you enjoyed my article.
      I haven’t thought much about your point on “manipulating the pages with growing senses”, but it makes perfect sense. “Developing the senses including sight, hearing and touch” is another crucial point I have missed. Thank you for sharing your thought. I will post new articles often. Hope you visit my site from time to time. Thank you.


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