How To Turn Your Baby Into A Bookworm

As a bookworm myself, it was important to me to pass on the love of reading to my children. From improving language and comprehension, to encouraging imagination, there are so many benefits that come from having a love of books.

In a world of iPads and computer games, we feel it’s important to get back to basics and enjoy reading as a family. Obviously all children are different. My eldest two children would love sitting and listening to a story from a very young age. My daughter, however, needed a bit more persuasion to sit still!

Follow these tips to turn your baby into a bookworm!

You’re never too young to enjoy books.

We introduced our children to books from a really early age. You may wonder what benefit it can have for a child who can only just hold up her head, but there are so many advantages. Studies have shown that children who are exposed to books from a young age have a larger vocabulary than their peers. Reading a book with your baby is a lovely bonding experience and introduces the notion that reading is fun! Showing your children picture books, even in the first few months of life, helps them with their visual development. At that age they are starting to focus their eyes on simple patterns and shapes on pages, so bright and colourful images are perfect.

Read as a family.

When I would read to my youngest, my two older children would appear as soon as they heard me start a story. I found she was much more likely to sit and listen when she saw her brothers do the same, so I started to encourage their appearance at story time. Now my children are that bit older they now take it in turns to do the reading themselves.

Make it part of their bedtime routine.

Bath, milk, clean teeth, story time, bed. That’s my youngest’s bed time routine. We find it much easier to get her into bed without (too many) tantrums when we can bribe her with a book! We also read a book a nap time as a precursor to sleep. It’s the part of her bed time both she and I look forward to the most. Getting all three kids fed and bathed can be quite hectic so story time is the time to wind down and start to relax.

Make it interactive.

In the earlier days we found interactive stories were a huge hit with our children. They have all loved the press for a sound books, or stories where they can lift the flap or feel the textured pages. It gets them involved in the enjoyment of the story. I also encouraged them to turn the pages themselves from an early age, especially with board books aimed at toddlers, as they’re perfect for chunky little fingers.

I also encourage their involvement when reading books with repetitive phrases. By just reading half the sentence, they fill in the gaps themselves.

Make it fun

This is the most important thing when it comes to encouraging a love for reading. If your child sees reading as a chore at a young age, they are likely to carry that attitude as they get older. Make it an enjoyable experience for both of you. Whether it’s using funny voices or taking the time to talk about the pictures on the page, do what works for you!

These are tips that worked for us but as I said earlier, all children are different!

What works for your child? Let me know in the comments!

32 comments

  1. Aww you’ve got some lovely ideas here. My mum tells me I was a total bookworm from 18 months! It’s so important for development.

  2. I started taking our oldest to storytime at the library when she was only two or three weeks old. Never thought it was possible for kids to be more of a bookworm than I was, but that’s how my kids turned out. We also do audio books on long road trips.

  3. Great suggestions – thank you for sharing them! Thats pretty much what we do – i especially love to mimc the voices of the characters we read. Your kids are blessed that you take the time to nurture their love of reading. This is a service to all of humanity! Blessings <3

  4. We love reading books! My eldest and I used to sit a read them a lot during the day, not so much anymore now that he’s on the go. But he does enjoy sitting in his room and reading which is so lovely to see.

  5. Great tips and I totally agree. We have read books since the children were new borns, even when they had no clue what was going on! It was a routine we started and carried on. xx

  6. I think making it a part of your bedtime routine is a great family bonding activity and a great way to get into a routine!

  7. My Grandma had me perform Midsummer Nights Dream as a child, I remember thinking the passages sounded so funny that I fell in love almost instantly. I’ve loved literature ever since!

    C x

  8. Great article. I began reading to my girls when they were still in my tummy. They love books now and we go to the library quite often!

  9. My eldest devours any new book he’s given, I think he reads more than anyone else in our whole family! Nightly bedtime stories when he was younger definitely helped and I learned how to act out the characters in the books from the best (my mum :D).

  10. I endorse – and have implemented – everything you have said here. We recently joined a library as well and he loves going in there and being able to choose his own books. One of the stands in there also makes a good den so I think there is some appeal there as well. Thanks for sharing your advice #DreamTeam

  11. Great tips and ideas here Jen! Like you, we’ve always had a bedtime story as part of the bedtime routine for ours since they were babies and we all look forward to it each evening. I can’t wait to read some of the classics to them as they get older. There’s no adventure too far when you have a book. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

  12. I enjoyed this post being a book lover to book loving children. The first time I read a ‘novel’ rather than a picture book to my children was in Florida when they were little. Every day I wanted them to dose by the pool in the shade I’d read a chapter out loud. They both fell in love with reading big books from that time x

  13. This is a really great post! We are always reading with the girls over here, it’s so important! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  14. Great tips! We started reading to each of our boys when they were only a few days old, and they absolutely love their books. Thanks for sharing your post with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

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