Motivating Children to Read May Be Easier Than You Think!

10 Strategies You Can Use to Motivate Your Child to Read

Is your child a reluctant reader?  Do you have a hard time getting them to put down the remote or video games and pick up a book?  If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone.  With the growing amount of technology in our world more and more parents are having a hard time motivating their children to read.   Luckily, there are some simple strategies you can use to encourage your child to read.  These are some that I’ve found work the best:


  • Model being an enthusiastic reader yourself.  Your children look up to you as a role model.  Your actions need to match your words.  If you tell them to read, but they don't see you reading they're not going to take you very serious.
  • Go on fun trips to the book store and library.  Make trips to the public library part of your weekly routine.
  • Create a quiet, inviting, and comfortable reading environment in your home.  If you ask your child to sit down and read while the TV is blaring and the rest of the family is hanging out in the living room your child's going to have a hard time focusing.
  • Give your children positive attention for reading.  Pay them little compliments for how proud you are of their reading accomplishments.
  • Discuss what you’re reading with your children instead of the latest TV show.  Try raising the level of discussion in your house hold.  By making a point of discussing what you're reading with your children everyone will learn more and you may find yourselves communicating more as a family altogether.  
  • Read stories out loud to your children before bed instead of watching TV.  This is an amazing way to bond with your children!
  • Have your child read to you, a younger sibling, or a pet to practice fluency.  When they read out loud to you make sure you’re not overly critical.  When children practice fluency they need to keep in mind their pacing, intonation, and accuracy.  If children are having a difficult time reading fluently they won't comprehend what they're reading as well because they're having a difficult time getting through it.
  • Encourage your child to listen to books on tape, especially if they’re a struggling reader and can’t read higher level, engaging books on their own.  I've seen this strategy work wonders for older children with lagging reading skills who can't read longer more interesting books.
  • Do research on popular books or magazines that kids your child’s age are reading and recommend they read them.  You probably choose the books you read from a recommendation or an advertisement and children need the same thing.
  • Read the same book your child is reading so you can discuss it with them.  This strategy will not only bring you and your child closer together but it will help you know how well your child in comprehending the story.