learning how to read

What is International Children’s Book Day?

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. Chosen to be the dedicated day due to Hans Christian Anderson – a Danish author born 2nd April 1805 and died 4th August 1875. He wrote many genres of literature but it is his fairy tales that are his most popular works. Some of his most known fairy tales are: ‘Thumbelina‘, ‘The Princess and the Pea‘, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes‘, ‘The Little Mermaid‘, ‘The Snow Queen‘, and many others.

In order to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, we’re going to give you some ideas about how to make reading fun for children. In this day and age all children want to do is sit and watch TV or play their video games. Let’s show them that reading can be fun too!!

Get them a bookmark with their favorite cartoon character. Whether they’re obsessed with Minions, Star Wars, or both! Whatever the character, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it.

AVIRGO 6 Bookmark Paperclip Page Maker 8 pcs Set

Or get them magnetic bookmarks which are oh so fun to play with.

Robots i-Clips Magnetic Page Markers

Buy them a little book light so they can read in bed, or better yet, buy them a really cool bedside lamp. There are a lot of options to choose from but pick one that your child will love, and is bright enough for them to read in without straining their eyes.

18Table Lamp Owl Tree Kids Nursery Shade Pink Bedroom


Have your child record all the books that they read in a reading journal. Plan together with their friend’s moms and have all of them do this. See who can record the most books read in a certain time period and win a prize!

Reading Journal For Book Lovers

In a similar train of thought- start a children’s book club. Have a play date once a month where the kids get together and swap books. There needs to be a thought out process to this so as not to cause any fights! Instead of throwing the kids together in a room to swap books, have them give the person below them in alphabetical order their book.

Get them cute and playful book ends. They’ll want to fill up their book shelf so they can use them.

Fred & Friends THE END Dramatic Bookends

Last but never least, combine the technology of today with the timeless ritual of reading. Buy a kid’s edition Kindle Fire 6. With its chunky protective case, and 2 year no questions asked warranty, the Kindle Fire kid’s edition also includes a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited with plenty of kid- friendly content available for free. It comes with HD display, front and rear cameras, audio, and most importantly – parental controls.

Have any other ideas to get kids to love reading? Write them in the comments below!

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