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Why Encouraging a Love of Reading in Children is Essential

As parents, we often wonder about the best ways to set our children up for a successful and fulfilling life. While there are many skills and lessons we aim to teach, one stands out for its profound impact on a child’s growth and development: the love of reading. So, why should you encourage a love of reading for your children? Reading is more than just reading words from a page, let’s discuss some of the benefits.

Developing Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Through stories, children learn to empathise with characters, understanding their feelings and perspectives. This may start subconsciously until they become more and more aware of these feelings. This translates into real-world emotional intelligence, as young readers are better equipped to understand and relate to others’ emotions in varying scenarios.

Connecting with the World

Books are windows to different cultures, times, and experiences. Children who read about these topics learn about diversity and the world around them, gaining a richer, more inclusive perspective on life.

Setting the Stage for Lifelong Learning

When children develop a love for reading, they lay the groundwork for continuous self-education. The curiosity sparked by books can lead to a habit of seeking knowledge, which is invaluable in an ever-changing world.

Creating a Reading-Friendly Environment at Home

For reading to become a staple in your home, it needs to be fun. Create a cosy reading nook, let your child choose their books, and set aside time each day for reading together. A bedtime story is an easy way to slot in reading time, and it becomes a much-loved and awaited nightly routine. 

Though e-books are convenient, there’s magic in physical books—the feel, the smell, and the act of turning pages all contribute to a child’s reading experience.

Choosing the Right Material: Engaging Young Minds

It’s crucial to choose books that match your child’s reading level and interests. This ensures they are both challenged and captivated by what they read.

Why not encourage them to write down their very own To Be Read (TBR) list on a little notepad? Whenever you’re at the bookstore or library, they can bring the notepad along and add titles to the list.

Although your child may have a favourite book series, incorporating a variety of genres, authors, and subjects can help broaden your child’s understanding and keep their interest in reading alive.

Rotate favourite books and add new ones to the mix. That way, they’re still able to get lost in their favourites as well as discover new stories.

Your Role in Your Child’s Reading Journey

In summary, encouraging a love of reading in your children is one of the most powerful ways to contribute to their intellectual, emotional, and social development. As a parent, you have the unique opportunity to guide them through a world of words and wonders—a journey that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

If you’re ready to take the next step and cultivate a reader at home, start by exploring our curated selection of children’s books at My Reading Bubble. Remember, every page turned is a new adventure for your child, and you have the best seat in the house to watch them explore.

Happy reading!


Q: How can I encourage my child to read more?

A: Make reading a daily habit, involve them in choosing books, and lead by example – let them see you read.

Q: What if my child doesn’t like reading?

A: Find books that align with their interests, whether it’s space, dinosaurs, nature, or funny characters. Graphic novels or interactive books might also pique their interest.

Q: At what age should I start reading to my child?

A: It’s never too early to start reading to your child. Even infants can benefit from hearing stories and looking at pictures.

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