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20 books to read to your children to start their love for books

After a long day, it can be tempting to skip the bedtime story and let your child watch an episode of his or her favorite show on their iPad before bedtime.
However, you are doing both you and your child a disservice. Children’s love of reading increases when you as parents read out loud to them. 

Fewer children read

I have always been very happy to read to my daughter.

When you sit together and look through a book, you get a moment where you can laugh and share stories with your children.

And it seems that today it is more important than ever to have a little downtime reading with your children.

Studies suggest that since 2010 more and more children have never opened a book in their spare time. The proportion of children who rarely or never read has risen from 25 to 30 percent.

Reading should be driven by a desire to learn and expand your universe, and today there is a lot of competition for children’s attention, for example, iPads, YouTube and social media.

It’s not that everything on a screen is dangerous, there can also be good and educational stuff to download, but it removes the kids from the intimacy that a book can provide. 

In addition, dialogic reading is also a good idea. This is about having a dialogue with your child when reading aloud so that the child becomes an active co-author. 

The conversations that arise when reading a book are worth gold. Even small things can grow really big in small heads, seize these moments and run along with them.

If children’s desire for reading shall develop, it is important that they come across books at home, from early on in their lives, and that you as a parent is a good role model in regards to reading books, newspapers and/or magazines.

It’s about presenting your children with different material to read so that it can be a fun and exciting activity. The more your child thinks ” Just one more chapter, please”, the better. This way, they will discover that books are a way to get experiences and become wiser in life.

20 books to read to your child to start their love for books (with affiliate links)

Recommended ages 6-12

-Harry Potter 1-7

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) – By J. K. Rowling

The Hobbit

The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition – by J. R. R. Tolkien

Winnie the Pooh

The Complete Tales of Winnie The Pooh – by A.A. Milnes


The BFG – by Roald Dahl

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren

The Chronicles of Narnia 1-7

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia ( Boxed Set 7 Books )  – by C. S. Lewis

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Paterson

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-12

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 12 Books Complete Collection Set – by Jeff Kinney

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 1-5

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set  – by Rick Riordan

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows (Sterling Illustrated Classics)  – by Kenneth Grahame

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread – by Kate DiCamillo

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure  – by William Goldman

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web – By E. B. White

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl

Stuart Little

Stuart Little – by E. B. White

A Bear Called Paddington

Paddington Classic Adventures Box Set – by Michael Bond


Matilda – By Roald Dahl

Artemis Fowl 1-8

Artemis Fowl Collection 8 Books Set – by Eoin Colfer

The Witches

The witches – by Roald Dahl
20 books to read to your children to start their love for books
20 books to read to your children to start their love for books

Thank you for reading

That was the list of the 20 books to read to your children to start their love for books.

Please feel free to comment below what books on the list you have read, or which ones you want to read with your children.

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