1. Katie
    07/14/2017 @ 1:20 pm

    Great reading tips! I can’t wait for my kids to start reading so I can introduce them to all the books I loved as a child.

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/14/2017 @ 9:25 pm

      I love it Katie! Generations of readers is music to my ears!

  2. RM
    07/13/2017 @ 11:23 am

    I adore reading and both my boys are bookworms as well… nothing better than curling up with a great book!!!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/13/2017 @ 12:09 pm

      I love connecting with other families whose favorite activity is to curl up with books. It can be in your living room, on an airplane, or in a foreign country.. doesn’t matter where you are. The books are there to bond with those you love. Thank you so much for commenting!

  3. The Wordy Mom
    07/13/2017 @ 8:14 am

    Do you have any thoughts on keeping teenagers engaged in reading? My daughter’s always been an avid reader, but I can’t get her to read new books! She reads her old ones over and over again. Should I be trying to change that or just roll with it?!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/13/2017 @ 10:46 am

      I love that you have created such a bookworm, you can’t get her to stop. Kudos mama. That is what I want for my little girls when they are teenagers!! I don’t see a problem with reading the old ones at all. However, I would use cultural experiences/traveling to peak an interest in new books. For example, we always buy books as souvenirs when we travel to a new national park/museum/restaurant/city//country, etc. We also seek out local book festivals where they give away (or sell) many books and the authors are there to sign them. Nothing like meeting the person who wrote the book to get you to open it right!:) Exposing her to diverse and multicultural events may give her a reason to widen her book enthusiasm. I wouldn’t push hard since she IS reading. But subtlety encouraging broadening her horizons through food, music, traveling, languages will help her see another perspective and she will be more inclined to read more about it. Great question and thank you so much for stopping by to comment!!!

  4. Kristin
    07/13/2017 @ 1:50 am

    I pinned this for future reference. I love all the ideas you have to go beyond just reading the story and making it a full experience!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/13/2017 @ 10:07 am

      Thank you Kristin! I am so happy this is helpful to you!! I hope you and your bookworms have a ton of fun!

  5. ryan
    07/12/2017 @ 1:35 pm

    great ideas! Making your own books seems like a great idea

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/12/2017 @ 2:59 pm

      Thanks Ryan! Such a fun way to turn the reading time on its head and be the author!

  6. Natalie
    04/23/2017 @ 9:15 pm

    A fab list! I love reading and am so pleased I’ve passed this on to my two boys! I feel pretty lucky they do but know I have to keep working at it to keep their interest so these tips are great!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/25/2017 @ 12:31 am

      You are lucky but you as their reading role model is a wonderful gift you are giving them! Keep up the good work mama! Thanks for commenting!

  7. kate
    04/23/2017 @ 12:48 pm

    This is great post.
    The important flag for me is ‘be a reader yourself’. I always used to read voraciously, but with children and work etc, it never seemed to be on the top of the ‘to do’ list. I also couldn’t persuade them to just pick up a book for fun.
    When we eventually went on holiday, I took a pile of books and actually started reading them. the children were actually shocked at first, but the effect was almost instant, and they both started to pick up books to read for fun.

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/25/2017 @ 12:28 am

      Amazing what can happen when you get them to actually open the book. That is the hardest part for sure!! Happy reading to all of you! Thanks for commenting!!

  8. Brittany
    04/23/2017 @ 8:14 am

    These are great! My daughter is just wanting to start to learn to read, so I will have to check back on this list often! We read books all the time and have so many they can choose from, and I think this is a good reason why she wants to learn to read so early!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/25/2017 @ 12:27 am

      You are just wetting her appetite by reading all those books! That is so great to hear!! I have a free eBook available for making your read aloud even more magical plus a list of over 500 books I love and adore that I read with my emerging reader kids! https://www.biracialbookworms.com/ebook-page/
      Thanks for commenting!

  9. Stephanie
    04/23/2017 @ 5:03 am

    I love the idea of making food form the book theme and the characters! What a fun way to make the book memorable and help comprehension! I also agree with the idea of having the kids make their own books. I have made class books in my kindergarten class and made a copy for each student to read during their quiet or partner reading time, and they love it! You are never too young to be an author!!

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/25/2017 @ 12:24 am

      100% agree! Never too young! When you make reading enjoyable, kids can never get enough! Thanks for commenting!

  10. Casey the College Celiac
    04/22/2017 @ 10:40 pm

    I’ve always been grateful that my parents worked as hard as they did to read to me (ever since I was a baby), take me to the library and tell me stories. I wasn’t able to read until late…but as soon as I learned, I became one of the top readers in my class! Now, it isn’t unusual for our whole family to be reading books some nights! 😉

    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/25/2017 @ 12:23 am

      That is wonderful! Family literacy is so critical! It’s a gift that your kids will treasure forever! Thanks for commenting!

  11. Nisha Syam
    02/18/2017 @ 12:05 pm

    Very helpful article. Thanks for sharing. My daughter loves reading stories.


    • Bethany Edwards
      02/18/2017 @ 12:12 pm

      Happy to hear you have a little bookworm!! Thanks for commenting!

  12. Stephanie Lee
    02/17/2017 @ 8:45 pm

    These are awesome tips! I love celebrating an author’s birthday. Never would’ve thought of that, but it’s a sure way to get kids interested in an author!

    • Bethany Edwards
      02/18/2017 @ 12:12 am

      So glad you found this article helpful! Thanks for commenting!

  13. mrskimberlyhan
    02/17/2017 @ 3:06 pm

    Very informative article! I never heard of World Book Day but now I want to celebrate it!

    • Bethany Edwards
      02/17/2017 @ 3:08 pm

      Very happy to virtually celebrate with you!! Enjoy! Thanks for commenting!

  14. Alyssa
    02/16/2017 @ 11:35 pm

    These are great ideas! We are already reading to Clara, even though shes only a month old, in the hope that she will develop a love for books and reading.

    • Bethany Edwards
      02/17/2017 @ 2:57 am

      Clara is a lucky girl! Cheers to you mama!! Thanks for commenting!

  15. Kim Amy
    02/15/2017 @ 10:27 pm

    Love the idea of making food from the story. We are a family of book lovers and I love to cook so this would be a win win! Thanks for the big idea

    • Bethany Edwards
      02/15/2017 @ 11:42 pm

      Cooking as a family based on a book is so much fun… Hope your little bookworms continue to find new ways to dive into books! Thanks for commenting!!

  16. Sahar
    01/13/2017 @ 8:04 pm

    Great advice! Totally keeping this in mind. I hope my kids become as avid readers as their parents!

    • Bethany Edwards
      01/13/2017 @ 11:06 pm

      Consistency is the key right?! One day at a time and no doubt your littles will follow your lead! Thanks for commenting!!

  17. Kelly
    01/11/2017 @ 11:51 am

    These are all such great ideas! We read with our kids every nights and are now encouraging them to pick up books themselves. They’re both 3 years old so were just at the beginning stages but i’ll save this list.

    • Bethany Edwards
      01/11/2017 @ 11:57 am

      So glad it was helpful to you! Cheers to you getting your kids started young! They will appreciate it their whole lives!! Happy Reading!

  18. Eddie Traversa
    01/10/2017 @ 6:41 pm

    This article is timely as I have been attempting to think of some ways to get my niece and nephew involved in reading. Thanks for the article.

    • Bethany Edwards
      01/10/2017 @ 7:17 pm

      So glad I could help. Sometimes we all draw a blank; so nice to have cyberspace in those moments!:) Happy reading to the three of you!

  19. Matt @ Sprinkles and Sawdust!
    01/09/2017 @ 8:02 pm

    I love these. We have a suitcase in the living room full of books that the kids love, like Mo Willems’ Pigeon series. We’ve found that reading out loud to the kids, especially when they’re little, helps them stay interested in books when they start getting a little older.

    • Bethany Edwards
      01/09/2017 @ 8:09 pm

      Mo Willems is a favorite in our house too! I convinced adults to read with my daughter with the hilarious Pigeon books! And I love that you use a suitcase. Such a great metaphor and a wonderful decorating strategy. We keep our passports out for the same reason. Travel is life! Thanks for commenting!!

  20. Sage Sheppard
    01/09/2017 @ 5:07 pm

    This post give me gratitude. I loved reading as a child and now my kids love to read. I don’t know what I would do if they didn’t. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

  21. mummamorrison
    01/09/2017 @ 4:39 pm

    This is great, I love these suggestions as a teacher and a new mum. My favourite was always making books with the kids – I liked to make class books that they each contribute to and then we put in the class library. They’d love going to read it during independent reading time (I was teaching Year 2 for this!)

    • Bethany Edwards
      01/09/2017 @ 4:47 pm

      There is something magical when kids feel they are the authors! Thanks for commenting!

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