Nurture the Love of Reading in Children

Reading has always been a passion of mine, and my husband is blessed with the same interest.  We spend a lot of our time in bookstores!  I know my school years were more successful because I loved to read.

Reading opens up a world of ideas, places and people.  My parents encouraged our reading and I hope we have passed on some of that love of reading to our children.  Our oldest was reading long chapter books by the 4th grade.  Our daughter loved reading until a 5th grade teacher tried to control what she read, instead of nurturing her interest in reading.

In our home, we have shelves and stacks of books!  My husband and I collect many types of books, from classics to series to poetry to religious to children’s books.  We encouraged reading with our kids, and hope to continue to nurture that love of reading in our grandchildren.

WHEN is the Best Time to Introduce Books?

Now!     Mommies and Daddies!!  Singing and reading to babies should begin at birth if not sooner.  THe sound of your voices is familiar and soothing at birth.  During pregnancy, that growing baby is getting used to the rhythm and flow of your voices.  Your baby is learning to love the sound of your voices and loves to hear you speak, even if you are just reading a magazine article.  This is a major step on the way to learning to read!

WHAT Books to Read to Children?

Young babies love to hear simple rhythmic books, stories and songs.  They love to hear them over and over because it gives them a chance to start learning and remembering sounds and words.

When babies hear those words, those stories, see those books, they learn to connect them with a very special time — one-on-one bonding time with the most important people in the world — YOU!  Mommy and Daddy are Baby’s first most important teachers!

Bonding time - Holding and touching textures in a book about Tractors!

Bonding time – Holding and touching textures in a book about Tractors!

When you hold and sing and read to Baby, you are getting him ready to learn to read!

A List of Favorite Books for Children

I don’t sort this list by ages, because I don’t believe in limiting when kids like a certain book.  Many books are now in Baby Board Book form, so babies can touch, hold and chew!  As a teacher, I have taken picture books apart, laminated the pages, and given little hands a chance to hold, touch and turn pages. Then I could clean the book for the next hands.

Helping Baby hold and learn about shapes!

Helping Baby hold and learn about shapes!

Just to get the list started, these are some books I love and have shared with my kids and my students.  I ask you to add to this list with comments so we can share more books that nurture reading!

FREE book will be given  —–   Send in a comment on this post sharing your suggestion for a great children’s book or way to nurture reading in children.  One person will be chosen to receive a free children’s book!

My Starter List!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear                                       by Bill Martin & Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed                                   by Ruth Krauss & Crockett Johnson

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom                      by Bill Martin & John Archambault

The Giving Tree                                                              by Shel Silverstein

Goodnight Moon                                                    by Margaret Wise Brown

Green Eggs and Ham                                                               by Dr. Seuss

Harold and the Purple Crayon                                      by Crockett Johnson

Love You Forever                                by Robert Munsch & Sheila McGraw

More More More, Said the Baby                                     by Vera B. Williams

On the Night You Were Born (recordable)                         by Nancy Tillman

Poky Little Puppy                                                               by Golden Books

Puff the Magic Dragon                                                         by Peter Yarrow

Rainbow Fish                                                        by Marcus Pfister Herbert

Runaway Bunny                                                     by Margaret Wise Brown

Tales of Peter Rabbit                                                          by Beatrix Potter

Time for Bed                                                          by Mem Fox & Jane Dyer

Very Hungry Caterpillar                                                            by Eric Carle

Winnie the Pooh                                                                      by A. A. Milne


WHERE to Find Books?

The Library!      Go to your local library and check them out for free!  The following links are to some of our local libraries, with links to their children’s activities and story times. Some have annual book sales. The last public libraries link provides many links to locations of libraries around the country!

  1. Madison County Libraries –   3 locations in Marshall, Hot Springs, and Mars Hill
  2. Haywood County Libraries –    4 locations in Canton, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek
  3. Buncombe County Libraries –   Main Branch in Asheville, 11 other locations throughout the county
  4. Henderson County Library –
  5. Transylvania County Library –
  6. Public Libraries websites –     links to public libraries in each state, with links to local branches and phone numbers

Books for Less:   Wipe and clean before use.

  1. Goodwill and other thrift stores
  2. Yard Sales
  3. Flea Markets
  4. Independent and Used bookstores

Bookstores and Online:

  1. Barnes & Noble –
  2. Books-a-Million –
  3. –

Places for Book Treasures:

Book treasures that are out of print, rare or hard to find can be found in used book shops and auctions.  A few places we’ve found…..

  1. Tuten Penland Auctions – Swannanoa, Buncombe County, NC –
  2. Bookends – North Myrtle Beach, SC –
  3. Beach Book Mart – Atlantic Beach, NC – located at Atlantic Station Shopping Center
  4. Wolf’s Head Books – St. Augustine, FL –
  5. Morehead City Book Shop – Morehead City, NC –


7 thoughts on “Nurture the Love of Reading in Children

    • Thanks, Paula, I hope you’ll continue to give feedback! There are many types of texture books out there now, some with a very realistic feel, so it makes it more fun for children to talk and learn!

  1. I especially like your idea of laminating pages, and it’s interesting idea to read books to children regardless of level…I have recently introduced my nearly five year old to early reader chapter books. The book we are loving this week “The Three Silly Girls Grubb” by John and Ann Hassett.

    • Thanks, Elsa. The experience of reading with your child is what’s special, not which books we pick. They just love the interaction and how special it makes them feel. The side benefit is that they learn to love reading, too! Are there some other books you think all children should experience?

  2. I’d add Snatchabook to your list. It shows a love of reading and is so well done. There are many more…but I can’t possibly name them all! And of course, I’d love to see my Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room on the list, too!

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