Reading Week | Creative Ways to Get Children to Read

Reading comprehension has become a necessity for survival in today’s society. There are so many reasons that being a good reader is important for basic information, nutrition, job force, insurance, contracts, communication, etc… I feel like there are so many ways people ‘get lost in translation’ mostly due to lack of actually comprehending the material. I have made it a parenting goal to help my children stay interested in reading to help foster good comprehensive reading skills. Here are some great ways to help your children get into reading.

Sensory Books – Sensory books are fantastic for little children. They were always my kids favorite books. What is even better about these is they can be found everywhere. Even if it isn’t a sensory book specifically – add sensory things while they read depending on the reading material. Have them touch, smell, or taste items from the material in the book. This is a great way for you and your child to work together to find sensory items that would fit the book’s subject matter.

Pictures – Pictures are so important to keep children interested in the reading material. For younger kids, they need to be colorful and stimulating and it really isn’t any different for older kids. I am a big believer in graphic novels being a great way to keep them interested in reading. Especially for children who struggle to read – being able to have pictures will give them the context clues to be able to read comprehensively.


Togetherness – Reading is not something that has to be done alone in a quiet room. Reading can be done between parent and child or in a room together with a bunch of people. My students loved doing “popcorn’ reading which could also be done at home. Also, some of my favorite memories are when my parents and family members read to me as a child. So even if your child can read, it is still fostering good reading skills by reading together as a and daughter reading together

Incentives – Incentives can be a great way to get children to read. This could mean an hour of reading earns an hour of video games. Going to the library to pick out new books is another great reward. Even charts are great incentives if this works for your children. I also have read recently about people who put subtitles on the television with no sound to help encourage children to read this way. I think this is a really neat way to encourage children to read more. In our home, we read a chapter book and then watch the movie when the book is over. There are so many great ways to encourage children to read through incentives.

Non-Conventional – I love anything non-conventional to spark and maintain children’s interests. I found this great article which has all different great ideas to inspire your children to read including games, cooking, and reading signs! Make sure you check it out here.


Reading is so important for the future of our children. Despite all the technologies that are out there, reading is still at the epicenter of so many things. It is our duty as adults and parents to encourage children to read as often as possible. I am thankful that my children genuinely love to read, but if they go through a phase where reading isn’t as “cool”, I am so thankful to have this list to come back to.

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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