This mommy Tries to Help Kids get Excited to Read!

I have news. I got a job. I work at an elementary school helping children , of all abilities to read. Luckily I am not new to this area of work, I am just continuing. it What I have come to realize is tips that I learned 10 years ago; apply today just as well. So I am reaching into my tool box and am giving you 10 tips on how to help your little one to read.

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1. Start young –
I started reading when my baby was in the womb. The earlier you start reading to your kids, their love of reading will increase. Also read books around your kids. Remember they are always watching and if they see you enjoy reading than they are more apt to want to try it to.


2. Track with your finger as you are reading.
Whenever you are reading with a child on your lap or when they can see the words you are reading track with your. This helps children train their eyes, to track for future reading. In training I have received over the years it has always been recommended to start tracking when your children are babies. This helps them to develop good reading habits early.

3. DON’T WORRY! If you’re worried about reading level. Try not to. Instead cater to your child’s interest. What does this mean? Finding a book that has something your child loves in it may help them want to read more. For example if you have a child who loves dogs there are great beginner books about dogs. Along the way a couple of things may happen first, you and your child will bond over something they love, and second one day before you know it something will click. When this happens you will see your child’s reading ability soar!

4. Give your child a blank notebook

Part of the joy of reading is understanding the words you see and for kids this huge. So give them a notepad and a fun pencil and have them write down the words they do not know. Than before bed or after they finish the story go through the word list with them. This will not only build your child’s confidence it will also help them later in life by building the habit of looking up words they don’t understand and building their vocabulary.

5. Reading comprehension
When I test reading levels, one thing kids are not in the habit of is reading comprehension. Here is something you might not know about the test that your child takes to judge if they are on reading level. At the end the story they just read they are always ask this question. “Now tell me as much about the story, that you just read.” This throws kids off even though they are told ahead of time about this, a lot of kids go blank and it does effect their score. So when reading with your child take some time to pause and ask questions about the story they are reading.

6. Play games
Sometimes the best way to learn is by not even knowing you are learning. There are a ton of games out there to help kids learn their sounds and even phonics. Here are some of the games I have played in the classroom that you can play at home.



7. Sight Words
Most schools use sight words to help gauge where a child is. The school I work for uses Fry words. Fry words is a set of 1,000 words that kids should know by the end of 6th grade by sight alone. Having a list can help you point them out when you are reading together.

8. Be excited to read
Our kids mirror our actions and closely watch how we respond. When my daughter was younger I would consciously talk about how excited I was to read my book. I would mention how much I love to read, and why. (I get to go on adventures, meet new people, and learn cool things etc…) When my daughter became a reader I notice her getting excited and mirroring my attitude about reading.

9.Start a child/parent book club
This is really fun and we usually do this in the summer. My child and I will take turns picking out a book to read together. We love it when a book has a movie that goes with it to read at the end. When the book is over we usually have a themed dessert about the book and watch the movie. Some great books to start you out are:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Charlotte’s Web By E.B. White

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs By Juli Barrett

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence

The Tale of Despereaux By Katie DiCamillo


10. Build confidence
Building confidence is a great way to help your child reach grade level. A lot of kids do not read because they are embarrassed, and lack confidence in what they read. It is amazing what simple encouragement can do. I say things like “ I am super excited to hear you read!” “I love hearing you read, you are so good at it!” follow up by encouraging them while they read “You are doing great!” “wow! That was a really hard word and you go it, superstar! And always end with “thank you so much for reading to me! You did a great job!”
By building the confidence in a child it helps them want to read more, which will only improve their reading level.

These 10 ideas are a perfect way to help your child read better, develop confidence reading and get them to reading level. Plus an added bonus of creating some fun memories with your child. What do you do to help get your child reading?

34 thoughts on “This mommy Tries to Help Kids get Excited to Read!

  1. I think this is a great list. My son is still pretty young but he loves when I read to him. He tried to read too but so far it’s just him memorizing his favorite books. I do follow the words with my finger to help him learn.

  2. I love all of your tips!! My son is almost 3 and I’ve been wondering how and when I can include teaching him how to read as part of our routine. Definitely going to bookmark this post for reference! 🙂

  3. These tips are really useful! I love the idea of parent/child book club. I will be trying out some of these tips as my child gets older.

  4. I’m a perk teacher and a mom and most of these are very good tips! I am so glad people are getting their children interested in reading early!

  5. I needed you when I was a kid. I hated reading thus people thought I couldn’t read so I was put in a school for kids with learning disabilities! All this for someone who really just wanted to play outside!

  6. Reading is one of my biggest loves in life. It’s been so sad that I’ve had much less time for it since baby but I really want to spark his interest and I started reading with him when he was in the womb. He’s already showing an interest and takes his books and points and babbles away. It’s so cute to watch. I’m gonna use a few of these tips to help him along. I would love to learn more about the sight words we should focus on.

  7. Love this! I am going to look up the Fry list! We do star words at school, but I am not sure where that list comes from. I also love the idea of the parent/child book club!! And what a great list of books for it!

  8. I love these tips! My 18 month old loves books! I do voices and we take turns turning the pages. She loves it and I hope to continue that love!

  9. Great suggestions! We need to get better about reading with our younger two sons. We did a lot with our first and now he loves reading but now with 3 boys it takes forever to get them ready for bed. Thanks for the tips!

  10. Great tips! I think I will give #4 a try with my son. Using the notebook to write out the words is also a great way to practice writing (something we are working on) so it’s like a two for one! I also really like your tip for displaying the love of reading for the kids to see. I could definitely see my kids enjoying reading more because “mommy and daddy do!”

  11. AWESOME tips! My nephew has A TON of books and my brother reads to him all the time, he’s done this since he was a teeny baby (he’s 2 now). I’m really hoping this will foster a love of reading.

  12. Great tips! As a reading specialist this best advice is to “be the example” and follow your child’s interests like you mentioned. Kids won’t read if they don’t have any books they like to read. 🙂

  13. My oldest has ADHD and it took him a very long time to learn to read. We tried everything and then one day, it just clicked. Now he LOVES to read and we now have a hard time getting him to go to bed on time because he stays up to read.

  14. This is such wonderful advice! I agree that allowing your child to read what they WANT to read makes all the difference. If it’s a topic that interests them, they’ll be more eager to pick the book back up. Reading should never feel like a chore, it should be enjoyable.

  15. My baby is only 5 months but I have been reading to her since she was born. I will definitely be utilizing these tips in the future! I love to read and hope my child enjoys it as well.

  16. Great I’ve read this. Good to know I am on the right track. I have a 7 year old son and I started to teach him reading just last year. I didn’t force him to learn reading at an early age, I do it slowly. With practice reading means starting our book collection! We read everynight before going to bed and what made me happy is when he told me that READING IS FUN! 🙂

  17. Ohh I think I’ll get the silly sentences game! my daughter knew how to spell lol (as in lol dolls) before any reading or writing lessons 😅 loved your post, great read!

  18. I’m so happy that my daughter LOVES to read!!! She doesn’t get screen time so coloring and books are her go to things to do! Love it. Great post

  19. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do a lot. I just bought a lot of interesting books and stacked them in their cabinet. Somehow, they just found their way to the bookshelf and read them. 🙂

  20. I used to read to my child every night since he was a baby. Now, he reads on the train ride to school and listens to an audio book (currently on Harry Potter book 2) at night. He’s 8 now. Since he loves learning about science, that’s what I get him to read on the train ride. He doesn’t even complain about it, which is awesome. And always wants to share something new that he has learned.

  21. These are all great. The only thing I would add is to make sure they see YOU reading. That way they know it is not just for kids but something to enjoy your whole life. Lead by example. Great post.

  22. What a great post! I remember growing up it was all about losing myself into a good book and imagination… now it’s electronics and gadgets right! So hard for kids and their short attention spans to hold! Love it, thanks for sharing.

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