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We hear from parents often, who wonder how to encourage kids to read. The answer is, “make it fun!” Enjoyment is the key to inspiring lifetime readers and transforming our children’s future. That’s why we keep valuable, free resources right here and available to all. Learn how to cultivate reading-friendly homes and download free resources that work for you. You can even download brightly colored, printable posters to decorate your at-home reading nook! We update content regularly, so be sure to check back for our latest additions.

How to Encourage Kids to Read

Start with these strategies to encourage kids to read. Remember, when you build enjoyable reading habits with your family, you’ll help kids associate reading with pleasure, which will inspire them to read on their own.  Need more advice? Explore more resources and guides below! 

Find a time to read when you can both relax and enjoy it – try bedtime, nap time, snack time, after dinner.

Get comfortable. Find a cozy spot to read and make sure the TV and other distractions are off.

Read the book or story yourself before you read it to your child. Tell your child why you love it.

If your child doesn’t like a book, switch to another. If he or she isn’t in the mood, stop reading and try again later.

Go to the library with your children regularly. Ask the librarian to recommend books and book lists. Get your children their own library cards.

Build a home collection of books. Shop at garage and book sales. Trade books with friends.

You don’t have to be a great reader, just read from the heart.

Make it fun. It’s not a lesson, so avoid quizzing.

Talk about the stories with your child, but don’t ask questions. 

Encourage your children to look at books on their own. Let them take books to bed and read themselves to sleep.

Quick References

When you need quick advice or a user-friendly checklist, explore our reference library here. You can download free guides, checklists, and tips to help you encourage kids to read and enhance your read-aloud practices at home. Looking for something more? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter below!

5 Ways to Role Model Reading Skills

5 ways to role model reading skills free guide

How to Create a Reading Nook

How to create a reading nook at home

How to Raise a Lifetime Reader

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Activity and Resource Guides

There’s more to reading aloud than just opening a book at bedtime! Reading aloud can be an activity that’s enjoyed all day long – at home, in the community, and on the road. With family, with friends, and with neighbors! Learn more with our free resources here.

Summer Reading Program

Capes, Wings, and Flying Things!

Family Reading Handbook

A Parent's Guide to Raise a Reader

family reading handbook

Read Aloud Activity Book

Bring the fun of RAP to your home

Printable Graphics

Make reading fun! Print these colorful infographics to infuse energy, hang up reminders, and decorate your favorite space to read. This will add cheer and excitement to any reading nook! We update this often so that you always have a fresh way to brighten your reading space at home!

Seasonal Posters

R.E.A.D. Great Books!

3 Rings to Reading

3 rings to reading free download

Recommended Reading

Every year, Read Aloud America publishes a comprehensive list of recommended age-level appropriate books. Access our archives here! When you wonder how to encourage kids to read, sometimes the solution is as simple as letting them choose a book that interests them!

Newsletter Archive

Review our extensive archive of past newsletters, which suggest great read-aloud books and companion activities. If you’re looking for more great advice to help you encourage kids to read, subscribe to our free newsletter below!

For the Love of Reading

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