Avid Readers

8 Ways To Raise Avid Readers

If you want to raise avid readers in your home this post is for you. Plenty of research suggests kids who learn to read books from a young age can enhance their cognitive and verbal abilities. Reading offers an essential relaxing activity for children. It is an excellent way to boost their imagination, but it also teaches them about people and objects that will become part of their world as they grow up. Fluent reading is a valuable skill, teaching kids to be self-directed learners once they start school.  Here are eight ways to cultivate a love for reading in your children.

8 Ways To Raise Avid Readers

Select Quality Books

Not all books are the same, and quality books have certain features in common. They generally promote positive values and qualities, which you can discuss with your child while reading. When selecting a book for a youngster, it’s best to look for those with short stories and basic language. Little ones do not have the patience to read through long and complex storylines. Short and simple books help them connect with the characters and story and enjoy it.

Choose Books That Align With Their Interests

Child-led learning is an exceptionally efficient way to teach your children specific skills. It’s important to observe and identify areas that align with their personal interest and choose books accordingly. For instance, if your child loves ocean life, choose a book with stories involving sharks or other ocean characters. It is easier to pique their interest in a book when it’s something they can connect with and find alluring.

Reading routine

Include Reading In Your Daily Routine

The best way to help your children become avid and fluent readers is by cultivating positive reading habits from the beginning. An excellent way to do so is by incorporating this activity into their daily routine, for instance, reading with them before bedtime. Not only will they be less resistant to reading in future, but it’s a great parent-child bonding experience.

Read Aloud To a Jittery Child

Research haas revealed that when you start reading to your child from a young age, it helps them with memory and vocabulary. It’s not always easy to get your child to sit still and listen to the story, and it is a common issue that many parents face. Instead of forcing them to sit still, rather try to read to them aloud while they’re playing in a shared space. It exposes your child to language and vocabulary, and it can be a fun experience for you and him.

Choose Books That Are Age-Appropriate

It is essential to be aware of your child’s comprehension milestones and take a reasonable approach when you encourage reading. Choose age-appropriate books. For instance, when they’re still very young, choose picture books with a few challenging words.

Take Out Library Books Regularly

It is vital to give your child access to a variety of books without breaking the bank. Regular visits to the library can do just that. At the library, he will have access to a vast range of books about multiple topics, and you are bound to find something that will interest him.

Child reading at library

Be Vigilant About Signs of Learning Needs

Sometimes, despite our most exemplary efforts, your child might have difficulty with reading. It might be a sign of a learning need that must be tackled. With early intervention and support, children can overcome learning disabilities.

Don’t Forget Praise And Encouragement

Never try to compare your child’s reading level with his peers. Not all children are the same, and it’s essential to be patient with your child when he’s starting his reading journey. Focus on the effort he is making and regularly give praise for his endurance and hard work. It will positively impact him in the long run.


We hope you have found these eight ways to raise avid readers helpful. Teaching your children to read can be a memorable and valuable milestone in your parenting journey. Remember, with a conductive setting and positive attitude, you can encourage a love for reading in your children and strengthen your bond with them.

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Each story is unique, interesting and the text is always supported by colourful and engaging illustrations that will aid comprehension. Tippie experiences modern day adventures in each book whilst staying true to typical child development. These sequential reading books were designed with a focus on sound development, linking sounds and letters as well as building success and self-confidence in reading. 
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    • Augavallie Booysen

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    • Hibbert Stephanie

      This is so cool. Would love this for my kids. They love to read.

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  4. Great read. Always a plus when your kids enjoy reading. Will definitely implement some of these tips.

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  6. Tracey-Leigh Smith

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  10. Martha Setsiba

    As a book kid’s book club founder and mom I hope to win this nice informative giveaway ??

  11. My grandson, aged 8, absolutely adores reading. I would like to keep his love of reading going.

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    Such great books

  14. Terri-lee Falken

    I love the tippie series! Such quality books for kids.
    Reading is so important and not something we all do enough of.
    The benefits of reading are endless.

  15. Awsome awesome.. I’d like to win this book hamper to help my son who was diagnosed with ADHD to read as I always help him with reading and he enjoys reading alot though he is struggling a bit with that but he is slowly getting it right.


    Childrens books are so important!

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  18. Tippie competition. Hope this is the correct form….I see no other form ?
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    • Dit sal great wees om hierdie prys te wen.my oudste is in Gr 2 en begin nou Engels te lees en dit sal hom so baie help.


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    • Manjoo Rughunandann

      Awesome giveaway, love to win for my grandchildrens. Education is the bedt gift you can give your children. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome prize


  29. Ivana Langenhoven

    My grandson turns 6 soon, would love to introduce him to tippie

  30. Thanks for the tips, bust teaching my son reading at the moment. Started with the basics so far. These books look great!

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  32. Glynnis Falken

    My grandkids will absolutely love this!
    They are crazy bookworms and love to read.
    It also great to see them engage and talk about the book after
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  33. Anélle Wabeke

    My seun is volgende jaar Gr1, tippie sal hom so baie help

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    Hoe awesome sal dit nie wees om my tweeling dogtertjies groot te maak met hierdie wonderlike boeke nie .#fingerscrossed

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  36. Luichyn Swarts

    Loved reading this article something’s in parenting can be daunting especially reading and teaching your child to read and actually enjoy reading and become an avid reader. This article definitely given me the boost I need to feel confident when reading to my son.

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  46. Jacqueline Layon

    I have to agree. Finding books that are within their interest makes it easier for them to pick up the book. I have started taking my son to the library, picking books that he finds intrest in as well as finding a book or two like the Tippy ones that teaches him to read. I would read the sentence out loud, placing my finger on the word. He then does the same after me. This has helped him to recognise letters and words.

  47. Awesome competition!! I’d really love to win this for my 10 year old who had ADHD and who struggles with reading.

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  51. This is really a must have for all our kids. I am looking into growing their reading and books.

  52. Great tips. I have a 3 and 6 year old and often wonder if I can get books that would span across both age groups.

  53. This Is perfect for my 5 year old twin boys who have just started to learn to read words.. they are so eager to learn and this would definitely be of great help …

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  55. My daughter loves her Tippie books. Nowadays we don’t go shopping for dolls. We have to go to PNA for Tippie books.

  56. My seuntjie is die jaar Gr 1 en die Tippie boekies sal hom baie help!

  57. My seuntjie, sien spraakterapeut omdat hysy woordjies sluk en gaan volgende jaar Gr 1 toe. Sal so baie help.
    Love all your content though…

  58. Julia Ramaphakela

    I have 3 kids and o find it hard to get learning materials. I’ve tried game, craze stores and a few other shops but its mostly colouring and story books

  59. So awesome. Reading is such a crucial part of learning.

  60. Great competition! What a way to motivate kids to read more

  61. Tasneem maganlal

    This is a wonderful competition. As an English teacher and a mum we encourage ‘reading time’ in our house from a young age. My daughter is currently learning how to read so this would be absolutely amazing

  62. I love reading ever since I was a child and I hope that my son will love books and reading just as much as I do. Thank you for the tips.

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