How to help my child read

Hey readers,

My youngest has started to read and bring books home. So, it inspired me to write some tips that have helped my eldest and youngest to read.

Read at home.

I think the most important thing to do when it comes to encouraging your child to read is to just simply read to your child and get them involved with listening to the story. This is a great way to get your child familiar with books, it is also a great way to bond. Reading books at bedtime is important to incorporate as it is relaxing and can help get your child to sleep. When reading to your child or getting them to read to you dot pressurise them too hard, make it light and fun – they are more likely to want to do it.

adult baby book boy

Talk to your child.

My second tip to help get your child to read is to talk to your child about the book and let them tell you what the story is about, you could ask about their opinion of the book.

Wordless books.

Wordless books are a great tool to help with introducing reading to your child, they can talk about what is happening on the pages and it helps familiarise with reading.

Think positive and encourage praise.

toddler reading book

I know it can be frustrating when you want to do something and want to get your child to meet the expectations. But don’t worry, think positive that they will learn but don’t but don’t aim for them to do such and such with regards to reading at such a certain time. It is important to be laid back, encourage praise because children can sense the negativity especially when you are short tempered. If it is relaxed they are more likely to enjoy reading and want to do it all by themselves.

Be interested in what they are reading.

When listening to your child take interest in what they are reading, encourage them by asking questions and how they feel or rate the book.


From a young age, you can take your child to the library and get them interested in books. There are free music and story time books allowing them to have fun and it is something free to do with your little one. Also, during the summer there is the reading challenge where you read x amount of books and receive stickers, activities at the end of a certificate and medal. A great encouragement to read. Another thing to do at the library is to let your child pick out books that interest them, it is free to borrow them. There is a wide selection of books, fiction, and non-fiction.


When your child is reading to you before jumping I and helping them (which is all too easy as I am guilty of this one) allow them the space to try themselves to break down the word and say it. Sometimes the best way to learn is through practicing yourself and getting familiar with words.

photo of a boy reading book

What things have you learned to help your child to read?

Cheers for reading X

3 Little Buttons

38 thoughts on “How to help my child read

  1. I am loving the learning to read phase with my little one. It fascinates me how they learn the sounds and piece the words together. He really is very good for his age. I volunteer at his school once a week and listen to the children read, it’s such an important skill and it really helps the children. Their class motto is ‘reading is the key to everything’. A very good motto I think you’ll agree. #AnythingGoes

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  2. All brilliant tips but my favourite is the one about praising and being patient. The other point I would make is that if you are too knackered to read to your child every night, the world really does not cave in and they can and will learn to read. Always support libraries or you give an excuse for funding cuts. Reading is wonderful – my late mum told me you are never lonely if you have a book and I think she was very wise when she said that #MMBC

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  3. Reading to/with your children is so important for their reading and writing development. That said, it’s something we don’t do enough of! It’s always on the list of things to get better at and something I am often ashamed of.

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  4. There are some great tips here :o)

    Role modelling reading shows your child that you also enjoying reading. We used to have times when we would both sit and read our own books alongside each other, that way your child learns from your behaviour too.


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  5. So many lovely tips there. We are terrible at getting to the library, so I’m very thankful for all the books we seem to have inherited over the years from friends and family as we have gone on. I think as you have said, really taking the time with reading helps. If you are interested, they will be too. Also setting up a routine so they know… ah… now it’s time to do a bit of reading.. can help. Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam xx

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  6. These are fab pointers to help little ones read. Before Ben was born I’d already bought books for him and knew I wanted him to be a book worm. Thankfully he is and loves flicking through the pages even on magazines and leaflets!!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow.


  7. Reading to your child from an early age is important and then also to have a family reading group on a specific night of the week and then also a designated space for reading. If kids see you read from a young age, they will develop a love for reading too #twinklytuesday

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