Parents: Do You Have Children who Don’t Like to Read?


What do you do when your child/children do not like to read?

First of all, find a subject that your children enjoy. It may be art, math, science, history, ghosts, mysteries, adventures or just plain cartoons and video games.

Go online to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and type in the subjects that they like under books. Once you find the books with these subjects in them, ask your children which books they would like to read.

If they still don’t appear to be interested, tell them that they must pick two books or more. Give them a goal of how many chapters you would like them to read each day or night. You must read them too so that you can discuss the story with them, thus insuring that they really are reading.

After you have spent a few days or more reading together and discussing the book, you will notice that your children will want to continue to read on their own. You may feel dejected that you are being dismissed. Of course, you can finish the book too. Don’t pout, parents.

The object of this little exercise is to encourage children to read without putting too much pressure and making it a chore. Once over the first hurdle children will want to continue jumping right into the stories on their own without your prodding and poking.

i read to my children from birth and once they could read on their own I continued to read many of their library books to discuss what they read. I enjoyed them too.

Ahh, now parents you can get back to your own reading. You have done a commendable job of being a patient and supportive parent. Pat yourself on the back. Go ahead, you know you want to.

Of course, you probably expected this post was going to have some shameless promotion to it. Now let me make some reading suggestions – for books for all ages!

For your middle-grade children – ages 10-14 (Books encourage children to respect parents and each other and other important life lessons.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-5

(Book 6 coming this fall or early 2019)

Abby & Holly Series Book 1 School Dance

(Book 2 coming this fall)

For your young children – ages 3-8 (Books in rhyme with life lessons)

Louey the Lazy Elephant

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon

Lamby the Lonely Lamb

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear

Broose the Moose on the Loose

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey

Colby the Courageous Cat

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier

(Fairy Tale coming in fall of 2018)

For you parents & YA –  ages 18+ (Books without life lessons)

Hunting Mariah

Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to HM)

How Far Is Heaven

An Angel Among Us (Short Story Collection)

Thank you for stopping by, readers, for suggestions how to encourage your children to read. Once they are hooked on reading they will be readers for life. Good luck!

Please feel free to drop me a line about whether this post helped you get your children to read. I would love to hear from you. I appreciate your kind support.


Reading is good for your health! Please leave a little love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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33 Responses to Parents: Do You Have Children who Don’t Like to Read?

  1. These are very good ideas, Janice. I read with Michael for 8 years (ages 4 through to 12) and I read to him before that. He is now a really good reader and doesn’t want to read with me anymore. Now I read my book and he reads his.

  2. You’re absolutely right, Janice. Hugs on the wing!

  3. Hi Jenice, I appreciate your post. You made very important points here. I read to my daughter since birth. Now she is doing the same thing to her baby, my darling granddaughter. The eleven months old Autumn has a bookshelf. She picks her favorite book to hold when we rock her to sleep. When my daughter was in 4th grade reading Goosebump series, she wanted me to read as her bedtime story. She asked me continued to read until she fell asleep and bookmarked that page. I called her a book gobbler as she is an avid reader. I love all of your children’s books just by looking at the covers. I’m a retired teacher/administrator. I still have ten boxes of trade books…:-) 🙂 🙂

  4. Darlene says:

    Great tips on getting children to read. I read to my children from the day they were born and no matter how busy I was, I always took the time to read to them and later with them. My son reads to his kids now. There is something for everyone in your books, Janice!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Darlene. That’s wonderful that you passed on your love of reading to your children and now grandchildren. That is the most precious of gifts we can give to our progeny. Bless you! 🤗 😘

  5. macalder02 says:

    I do not have children of school age. I have read your recommendations carefully because it seems an essential tool for parents who are just starting to raise children. It is well known that if you do not take this first step, then it is more problematic to awaken that interest. Excellent your article.

  6. Jennie says:

    Hear hear, Janice!

  7. Amy Caudill says:

    I read to my kids from infancy, too, Janice. As they got older, we would frequent libraries and bargain bookstores to find new material. Now that they’re grown, they both still love books and we find time to discuss our latest reads.

    • jjspina says:

      That’s wonderful! You did that for them by encouraging them to read early. Pat yourself on the back for being such a special mother, Amy! Hugs 😘

  8. dgkaye says:

    You are entitled to shameless promotion Janice, lol. Excellent post and methods to slowly introduce a reluctant child to read. ❤ xx

  9. amreade says:

    I read to my children from before they were born, and they all became avid readers. Unfortuntately, with teenager-hood came the siren call of electronics and video games, and now those are what interest my son. But my daughters came full circle to enjoy reading again, and I fully expect my son to do the same. Fingers crossed!

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    • jjspina says:

      Thank you soooo much, Sally, for sharing! You are the best! I hope parents will enjoy this post and have success with their children’s reading. Hugs xx ❤️

  11. Norah says:

    This is great advice, Janice. Another great tip for parents is to read the book with the child, perhaps taking turns to read chapter by chapter. Although my children loved to read by themselves, they still loved to read with me until their early teens. It might just help those reluctant readers find pleasure in books.

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