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I was recently challenged by my librarian to participate in the adult summer reading contest. And that got me thinking. What books can I recommend to parents who want to instill a love of reading in their children? After all, summer is a great time to do a little extra reading. So, I’ve come up with a little reading list for parents who are raising readers.

5 Must-Have Books for Parents Raising Readers

Reading Magic by Mem Fox--I’ve put this one first because Fox specifically talks about how reading aloud to children benefits them and naturally turns them into readers. I highly recommend the audiobook for this one as she demonstrates read aloud techniques very effectively.

Give Your Child the World by Jamie Martin–This is a new favorite of mine. We live in a global society, and it’s never too early to start introducing our kids to the idea that we are all different yet still the same.

Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease–This book is full of great tips and interesting research on reading aloud. The second part of the book contains a great book list with synopses and age recommendations.

Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson--If you’ve ever doubted the effect books can have on kids, this is a must read. Clarkson revisits the books of her childhood and recounts how they affected her, giving many wonderful recommendations along the way. Clarkson also has her own book of reading recommendations, Read for the Heart.

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt–This book is often considered the gold-standard for finding wonderful books for children. Every home should have a copy.

Updated 7/2019

This list just wouldn’t be complete without the following two books. In fact, they are probably my favorites on this list!

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie–Zero guilt-trips, tons of encouragement, and a stellar book list. (Ok, I may be just a tiny bit partial since Sarah quotes me from our conversation on her podcast a few years back. But, seriously, this book is a must read!)

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in an Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon–Filled with studies, quotes, and anecdotes, this well researched book reads like a friendly exhortation to read aloud to your kids for as long as they will let you. 

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What’s your favorite book for raising readers?