5 ways to have fun with reading

Each year, Read Across America day falls on March 2nd in honor of Dr. Seuss Birthday. Whether you choose to read a Dr. Seuss book or prefer to read other children’s books, the primary goal of this day is to celebrate reading and to continuously foster a love for reading so children will become lifelong readers. One of the best ways to promote a love for reading with young children is to make reading fun!

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1. Read a Fun Book!

If you have ever read a Dr. Seuss book, one of the first things you probably noticed is that Dr. Seuss believed that reading should be fun. Every book Dr. Seuss wrote was filled with wacky rhymes and words to keep reading fun. The best books are always those that the children enjoy reading just because they fall in love with it. Whether they fall in love with the words, the rhymes, the characters, the pictures, or the story itself – if young children love the book then they will want to read it many times over because in their mind, this book is FUN! A fun book my students love to read is “A Perfectly Messed Up Story” by Patrick McDonnell.

2. Read an Interactive Book!

Some books are interactive books, meaning that the book invites the children to interact with the story in some way. Books such as “Press Here” or “Mix it Up” by Herve Tullet are two examples of interactive books. The children are invited to press a dot or rub a color and then turn the page to see what might happen next. The interaction with the book makes the book a different kind of fun to read.

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3. Provide Props for Reading Along!

Sometimes you can create your own interactive story by providing props that the children can manipulate or create with as you read aloud the story. For example, while reading “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson, (which is a fun book by itself) the children drew their own purple drawings as I read the book aloud.

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Have Fun with Reading by Teach Preschool

4. Invite a Guest Reader!

Sometimes having a new reader join you in the classroom will make any book fun! Throughout the year, we invite our parents to join us and read a book that their child has chosen to the class. It is always fun to see what the children will choose and it is always fun listening to the parent (and the child) read the book to us (even when the book is filled with long dinosaur names that no one really knows how to pronounce).

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5. Turn the Book into a Fun and Active Game!

If you plan ahead a bit, you can often come up with a fun and active game to tie into the book. For example a book like “Duck, Duck, Moose” by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is a great lead in for a fun game of Duck Duck Goose (or Moose). One of my students brought in the book “Portside Pirates” by Oscar Seaworthy. After ready the book, the children played “Shipwreck” in the middle of the classroom. To play the game, put four colors of tape on the floor. One line is Portside, one line is Starboard, the other two lines are “this way” and “that way,” and the center is “Overboard!” Just call out the word and the children must go to one of those lines unless everyone goes “overboard!”

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Of course, there are many ways to bring children’s books to life around the classroom which I have shared often throughout my blog. Bringing books to life, reading with props, being interactive, playing games, or just choosing a fun read-aloud are all great ways to make reading fun! And when your students think reading is fun, your students will want to read the books you have shared with them on their own too!

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rebekah March 1, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    My boys LOVE their copy of Portside Pirates. I’ll have to check out a couple of the others you mentioned.

  2. Jodie @ Growing Book by Book March 2, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Great tips! My preschoolers especially love interactive books. One of our newest favorites is Touch the Brightest Star by Matheson.

  3. George Garcia March 4, 2016 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Books are wonderful. Love to see how children engage to it and bring out their imaginations thru books. I remember when I was a kid how much I enjoyed books and how thankful I am receiving books as gifts.

  4. WANDA WEATHERSPOON March 21, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I love your sight and ideas!

  5. Bev Amsterdam March 1, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah, I’m a grandma who came across your website, when looking for ideas/new happenings in today’s world of teaching young
    cuties. Your creative expressions, big smiles &
    enthusiasm & the way u capture the attention of all that is present! Thank u for sharing your creative love, passion & dedication for all the children & parents & grandparents like me. I’m always excited to see & read your emails. The book suggestions/crafts/songs etc I share with my grandchildren. 3 cheers for u! Thanks muchly

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you Bev for your sweet message! I am thrilled to be connected to another grandma:)

  6. Rachel April 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah. I just found you through facebook. I’m a homeschool mom of 4 soon to be 5. I also love books and reading to my little ones. I tried to message you through FB but wasn’t sure how. I am about to release my first book, Jellybean Surprise. It’s a book made specifically for 1-4 year olds and teaches colors and counting from one to ten. I wanted to share the FB page with you but wanted permission before doing so. I love all your creative ideas in teaching and will incorporate into my daily routine with my toddler. Thank you.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 10, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Hi Rachel, How exciting for your to be releasing your first book for young children! I will be sure to keep an eye out for it. Will you be selling it on Amazon?

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