{new series} creating a literacy rich home– part 1: 10 reasons to teach the love of reading

10 reasons why teaching your child a love of reading is one of the most important things you can do // from bring-joy.com   #parenting #literacy #quote

I love books. 

I want you to love books.

I want your kids to love books.

Which is why I’m going to do a ten part series on how to create a literacy rich home.


creating a literacy rich home -- a 10 part series // bring-joy.com #parenting #kids #literacy #reading

In this series I will show you: 

  • why teaching your child the love of reading is one of the most important things you can do
  • the essentials of building a home library on budget
  • our favorite books for kids (infancy-eight years old)
  • teaching kids how to read before school (some very practical tips from the real world)
  • how to organize & store books
  • how you can encourage reluctant readers
  • role of media & literacy

Today, let’s start with,

teach the love of reading —
it is one of the most important things you can do.


I’m a lazy parent.

What I mean is, I have no desire to spend my days picking up after my kids, entertaining them every minute, or serving them hand & foot.

(But you probably already knew that from my how to raise and independent child post.)

For that reason, I think of all sorts of ways I can teach my kids how to be self sufficient from an early age.

Which is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about teaching my kids not just how to read, but how to read & love it. Because if they can read, if they love reading, less work for me! Reading is the best kind of babysitter/entertainer.

I’ve thought a lot about why teaching kids the love reading is so important. I like lists.

So here’s a list of ten reasons why teaching the love of reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. 

  1. Reading teaches people how to think. I want my kids to be thinkers.
  2. Reading opens up worlds, experiences, & insights into a kid’s life that they could never experience otherwise.
  3. If a child can learn to love books, they will never be bored.
  4. Literacy is one of the best way to combat ignorance. I want my kids to not only not be ignorant, but to be open minded & thoughtful. Reading will help accomplish that.
  5. I want my kids to be able to not just survive, but to thrive in our ever changing, ultra-competitive world. If they aren’t highly-literate, creative & critical thinkers, they don’t stand much of a chance. Reading will give them a leg up.
  6. Knowing how to read a book is kind of like knowing how to read people, places, situations. If you can read a text, thoughtfully as well as critically, you are much better equipped to deal with complex interpersonal situations & real world dilemmas.
  7. Reading in childhood is not the same as reading as an adult. There’s something magical about reading books as a kid, before the loss of innocence sets in (adolescence). I want my kids to experience the magic of reading while yet (relatively) unscathed by the world.
  8. In an age of quick sound bites & snippets of information, I want my kids to learn the satisfaction of reading long, uninterrupted texts.
  9. Good readers = good writers. Good writers = good communicators. Good communicators = successful people. Therefore, good readers = successful people.
  10. There is joy in reading just to read. That has so much value just on it’s own.


Other posts in this series: 

Part 2:  How to build your child’s home library on a budget + 15 must-own books
Part 3: Why you need to read to your baby + 10 fave baby books
Part 4: Tips for reading with toddlers + 15 best books for toddler 


You might also be interested in: 

how to teach your child the love of learning


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  4. kyla ryman
    on June 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm said:

    LOL- Love this post- I am literally working on a blog post (much simpler) with virtually the same title! I love your writing and what you are saying. I look forward to reading it and sharing it with everyone.

    We made some videos about one of your topics that might be of interest to you- how to support your beginning reader in our “how to” guide- would love your feedback. And I can’t wait for your next post!

  5. Alanna
    on May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm said:

    I love this, Janae! I’ll be looking forward to every post in this series. My husband and I want our children to be great readers–for many of the reasons you outlined above. 🙂

  6. Katie
    on May 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm said:

    I am so excited you are writing this series! I can’t wait to read your other posts. My 4 year old wants to read and I catch him trying to sound out words. I don’t know where to start – I’m so glad you are doing this!

  7. Keri
    on May 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm said:

    As a former English teacher and new mom, I love this idea. Especially because I married a man who doesn’t read. My husband is a great father, hard worker, loving partner, athletic, handsome & so many good things–but a reader he is not, & I’m determined to have my son share my love of reading! Hoping I still can, even though I KNOW he will look up to his dad.

  8. lfwfv
    on May 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm said:

    Yes! We loooooove reading and are always making trips to goodwill to add to our library. I loved reading as kid, and still do now, and I hope to pass on this love of reading and learning to the little people in my life. Can’t waitto read more from you!

  9. Sandra
    on May 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm said:

    Yay for this series! I’m a huge lover of books and believer in the importance of reading for kids.

  10. Laurie
    on May 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm said:

    Yay! This is such a wonderful idea for a series. My mom and dad both loved to read for pleasure and taught my brother and I by example that time spent reading is always time well spent.