20 Ways to Spread a Love of Reading

Reading books can help a person learn new skills, discover a beloved hobby, or take a fantastic adventure. But not everyone is excited about books as the average book blogger. Here are 20 ways to spread some book-related love!

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Talk about books!

Sometimes people think “no one reads anymore” or that only introverted people read. Why not bring up some of your favorite books and show that reading is for everyone? You might inspire someone else to pick up a book, or make some book-loving friends in the process!

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Sport some book-related accessories.

Book-related accessories can be great conversation starters! So why not grab a literary tote or put on a bookish button and see if you can find someone who is a fan of the same book as you?

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Invite a friend to the library or a favorite bookstore.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun! Try inviting a friend to a cool program at the library (maybe for trivia night or an art project) or even just to browse the shelves. Or show off your favorite bookstore and maybe grab a drink in the cafe. Being around books can be fun and you might introduce your friend to resources they didn’t know about.

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Be seen reading.

You can be a reading role model just by doing something you already enjoy! Read in front of your kids or your students. Read in public and maybe strike up a serendipitous conversation with a fellow reader. You can even just carry a book around with you if you want to show kids that reading can be cool (but obviously be prepared to talk about it!). Kids are smart and they notice when their parents, teachers, principals, librarians, babysitters, and other authority figures tell them that they have to read–but then don’t read themselves. So practice what you preach and pick up a book.

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Utilize social media.

Bloggers use social media all the time to promote their reviews and reading lists, but you can show off books you’re excited about on your personal social media, too. And why not tag a friend who might be interested in a new release by an author they love, or a new installment in a series they’re reading? You can even invite a friend to join something bookishly fun such as an author visit at the library or a local bookstore.

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Invite a friend to Goodreads (or your reader’s platform of choice).

It can be difficult to find friends who read, so, when you do, why not also friend them online where you can share what you are reading and what you’re excited to read next? Even some avid readers might not know sites like Goodreads exist, so they might be excited to find an online book community.

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Attend or set up an author event.

The next time you see the library or a local bookstore is hosting an author, show up and invite a friend! Even just stepping foot in the building and attending the program will help boost the library stats–no purchase necessary. And you might be introducing your friend to the fact that libraries and bookstores have these types of programs–not everyone knows! You can even go to dinner or grab ice cream after to keep the fun going.

If you are a teacher or a librarian, you might consider hosting an author event. Tons of authors are doing virtual visits now, and kids are always excited to meet someone who writes for a living. Bonus if they have read the author’s books beforehand!

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Support your local library!

Supporting your local library does not have to mean a monetary donation or even a book donation. Just using the library helps increase circulation stats, and attending programs helps their stats, too. In short, just going to the library is helping because increased stats mean that libraries can continue to defend their budgets and maybe even get a financial boost for the next fiscal year.

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Donate books to increase access to literacy.

Not everyone has easy access to books, and that can make learning to love reading a little more difficult. So, if you have books you are not reading, consider donating them to the library for their collection or their book sale. Or consider starting a little lending library, or adding your books to a preexisting one. You may also find schools, daycares, and other organizations in need of books. Just ask around!

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Recommend audiobooks and graphic novels.

Not everyone is convinced that they will enjoy picking up a book and reading. However, many people enjoy listening to audiobooks or reading graphic novels and comics. Recommend some to a reluctant reader and see if they connect to any.

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Create a reading challenge.

Everything is more fun when gamified, right? Take inspiration from library summer reading programs and create some sort of challenge for your students or your kids. Maybe they get a prize for every so many books read, or you can put something in a jar to track their reading and see if you can fill the jar together. The game does not have to be elaborate or expensive. It just has to add a bit of fun to the experience.

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Let people read what they like.

There are many proponents of letting kids read whatever they want in school, instead of assigning texts. This idea can be applied in other areas, though. Why not start a book club, for instance, where participants do not all have to read the same book, but can show up and talk about whatever they’ve read recently? More people might enjoy hanging out and talking about books if they feel that they can stick to what they know they enjoy.

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Take a trip to literary-related site.

Make reading come alive by visiting a literary-related site! It could be an author’s birthplace or a building that inspired a story. Real-world connections just might spark a reader’s interest!

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Watch the movie before reading the book.

Many readers think the book should always come first, but movies do tend to result in greater awareness of the books they have adapted. Try enticing readers by showing them a great movie, and then mentioning that it’s based on a book.

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Attend a book party.

Nothing says fun like a party! See if your local bookstore is hosting a release party, or maybe if the public library has an event celebrating a popular book or book series. Or host your own!

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Read to a dog. Or volunteer your dog to be read to!

Some libraries have certified therapy dogs visit so children can practice reading to a non-judgmental listener. You can try reading to a dog to build confidence at the library or at home, if you have a pet of your own. If you are a dog owner, you can also look into the process that will let your dog be a volunteer listener.

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Try a library program like a blind date with a book or a library “subscription” box.

Add the element of surprise to reading by checking out a mystery book from a “blind date with a book” program (where libraries wrap the books in paper so the covers are concealed) or by seeing if your library has registration for a library “subscription” box–a mystery library book that comes with things like bookmarks or candy.

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Visit or set up a StoryWalkTM in your community.

Many communities now offer a StoryWalkTM, an installation that spreads picture book pages over a series of signs that might be placed along a park or a library pathway. If your community has one, visit! If not, you can consider looking into the process of starting one. You can find more information about the legalities here.

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Highlight nonfiction.

Many avid readers tend to associate reading with fiction. But many children enjoy or even prefer to read nonfiction. So if you know someone interested in a particular subject, get them access to some relevant titles and see if the prospect of learning about something they love will get them reading.

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Get involved with your child’s reading/invite parents to get involved.

Reading role models can be very important in inspiring kids to read! So why not try something like an intergenerational book club, where parents or grandparents read the same book as the children they are caring for? Or even just read some of the books your children enjoy so you can talk about them together!

What are some of your tips for inspiring a love of reading?

*Inspired by Briana’s 20 Discussion Post Ideas for 2020 list!

11 thoughts on “20 Ways to Spread a Love of Reading

  1. Carol says:

    My fav way is to give the perfect book gift! Even my grandson who doesn’t enjoy reading commented out of the blue that Wild Robot was the only book he’s ever enjoyed reading! Grandma gift for the win! My hair stylist is a non reader so it’s a challenge to pick the perfect literary Christmas gift for her. She told me that she’s passing around the book I gave her last Christmas to all her friends because it’s so good! I think she even enjoys my once a year book gift now! I’ve also gifted my dentist and my doctor with book gifts! 😂 I’m incorrigible!

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  2. mphtheatregirl says:

    Well, I actually already do “blind date with a book”- at a bookstore I love in Asheville (Malaprops), a fun way to buy a book. I don’t just support Malaprops. Also Park Road Books as well- very good at recommending books.

    Even my blog shows my love for books- it kinda of turned into a book and musical theatre blog

    As a matter of fact, there are some books I fell with by the movies alone

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