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How to Learn to Love Reading

Updated on March 5, 2017
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Bodylevive is a retired entrepreneur that wishes to share life experiences and manages the online store, Tugarmaes.


Read Daily

Learn to love reading, on a daily basis. Find reading materials that interest you or read to enhance a hobby you may have. There are tons of genres to choose from such as science fiction, love stories and poetry just to name a few. The list goes on with "how to books" that show how to knit, wood work and other craft ideas.

Loving to read is not a character we were born with, it is acquired. Reading a variety of books, magazines and news papers can help to enhance learning to love reading. Before you know it, you'll be looking for books to read. Web sites are a great place to start if you do not have books or news papers.

Do not force yourself to read. After you've read several fun and exciting reading materials, you will see how much you'll feel at peace when you're reading. As time go on, you'll look forward to the special time you have set aside for your reading time.

Set goals for yourself, such as reading the entire bible in a year! Subscribe to magazines and new papers. Create a blog and visit your fellow members and comment on their writings. There are many things you can do to enhance your interest in reading and wanting to read daily. Don't turn reading into a task, you'll quickly become bored.

Take advantage of reading! There are some individuals who may not be as fortunate as you are. Take time with them, teaching them to read simple things, like the labels on can goods. You'd be surprised at the number of people who can not read a simple label and completely understand what they've read.

It's not all about just reading but comprehending what one has read. Help a friend give thought to what they've read to make sure it is understood. Ask questions, as though you would your child, At some point, you'll be thanked for the effort you've put into that persons life.


"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"

— Sir Richard Steel

Read To Your Children

Start reading to your children at infancy, they'll look forward to hearing you read to them every day. Reading to an infant creates a special bond between parent and child. As your infant grows, they will get books on their own for you to read to them. Notice their reaction to certain books and you'll know what books to add to your child's library that they'll enjoy.

You can start with books that have pictures, song books and allow the child to touch the books to feel the texture, especially if it's a cloth book. As your child grows older, alphabet books and stories that rhyme are good choices. Children also love books with pictures of animals and they love coloring books! It doesn't take much effort to train a child to love books. Make reading part of play time.

Start them young providing a reading foundation for the future. You have to instill in them to love reading. Teaching children is a process and reading is no different. Be a role model, kids do what they see parents do. Read a book, news paper or magazine and let your toddler climb up on you while you read. Point out pictures, ask questions like, see the dog? Then make the barking sound and your child will copy you.

Even though many children don't start to read until about six, it doesn't hurt to give them an early start but don't push. Reading is so very important and it is a skill that requires development. In older life it is a necessity to survive academically and in life. The more young people are read to, the more skillful they become in reading. There is so much to gain from reading and since the internet, there's a wealth of information at their finger tips.


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There Was A Time When Reading Wasn't Allowed

There was a time when reading wasn't allowed but not for everyone, just slaves. When Africans were brought to America and sold as slaves, they were not permitted to learn how to read. If they were caught with a book in their hands, the hands were cut off. If not that, they were beaten unmerciful. If anyone was caught teaching a slave to read, the unthinkable would happen. Through all of the harshness, still many slaves learned to read and write.

Colonist who owned slaves feared if the slaves learned to read, this would cause a serious threat to the slave system. Slaves were to rely on their masters and the colonies made laws that forbid slaves to read and write and it was a crime to teach a slave to become literate.

This is a quote from the South Carolina Act of 1740:

"Whereas, the having slaves taught to write, or suffering them to be employed in writing, may be attended with great inconveniences; Be it enacted, that all and every person and persons whatsoever, who shall hereafter teach or cause any slave or slaves to be taught to write, or shall use or employ any slave as a scribe, in any manner of writing whatsoever, hereafter taught to write, every such person or persons shall, for every such offense, forfeit the sum of one hundred pounds, current money."

This is a quote from the Virginia Revised Code of 1819

"That all meetings or assemblages of slaves, or free negroes or mulattoes mixing and associating with such slaves at any meeting-house or houses, &c., in the night; or at any SCHOOL OR SCHOOLS for teaching them READING OR WRITING, either in the day or night, under whatsoever pretext, shall be deemed and considered an UNLAWFUL ASSEMBLY; and any justice of a county, &c., wherein such assemblage shall be, either from his own knowledge or the information of others, of such unlawful assemblage, &c., may issue his warrant, directed to any sworn officer or officers, authorizing him or them to enter the house or houses where such unlawful assemblages, &c., may be, for the purpose of apprehending or dispersing such slaves, and to inflict corporal punishment on the offender or offenders, at the discretion of any justice of the peace, not exceeding twenty lashes."

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      BODYLEVIVE 3 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you so much for your comment.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great hub on the skill, or rather the learned skill of reading. As publishers and me as an author reading is for me like the need for food. I read at least two books at the time. Non fiction in the morning and fiction before going to sleep. Illiteracy is a great problem in South Africa so we often donate books to groups that give reading lessens after hours.

      Oh yes congratulations on reaching the 10.000 view mark!

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you crazybeanrider. I read on a daily basis, some nights too. Now that I'm retired all I do is read and clean. Can't afford to do anything else.

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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Loved your hub about loving to read. I have always loved reading, when I was younger I read all the classics, and to this day still love them. Your tip about reading everyday is a good one. It becomes easier if you make an effort to read everyday. You tend to want to read more. great hub.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi there Midget38, thanks for coming over. I couldn't agree more . I can't help myself...I read most of the day. I'm retired and reading is one of my favorite things to do. Oh, thank you for voting too.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Bodylevive, I love reading and voted yes in the poll. I think it's slowly becoming a forgotten habit because of the advent of social media where responses come quick and easy....that sort of impedes the development of language. I think what people must realize that reading is important because almost everything on the net is in text anyway and should be phrased properly!! Am grateful you shared this, and will share too.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi 2patricias and thanks for stopping by. I use to visit the library but it was in a different city because the town I live in doesn't have one. Now we have library on wheels that comes to our community center, so I go there.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I have always enjoyed reading. I like to try new writers, so I try to read book reviews. I also frequent my local library, so that I can feel free to sample something without wasting money.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Thank you DRG Da Real Grinc for stopping by, Im glad you found this helpful.

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      Felix J Hernandez 5 years ago from All over the USA

      Very helpful and thoughtful of you.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Hi Kat11, thank you for your comment as relaxing and calming down the nerves can sometimes be a task in it's self. I find that reading helps me to sooth the body and mind. I've also found out that when I can't get to sleep, I read the scriptures and the next thing I know it's morning---now that's relaxing the mind and body. Well, thanks for stopping in and hopefully I'll see you again.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      KBEvolve, you are so right but you know that some of us only read when it's absolutely necessary. Such as, reading a bill from a creditor (LOL). When I chose to write on this, I was thinking deep down that maybe my writing this hub would inspire others to follow my tips to learn how to love reading. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      kat11 5 years ago from Illinois

      Reading is rated as the best way to relax and calm oneselve down. This is the only way our minds can keep intack with the rest of the world so keep reading and enjoy.

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      Kenneth Brown 5 years ago from United States

      Everyone should read. It's a great way to learn from the experience of others.

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      That's great! My aim is to target grown ups who hate to read and give them some incentive on how they can learn to love reading and how they can help someone who can't read. Everyone is not as fortunate as you or your kids. My grand daughter spends the summer months with me and she has a designated reading time plus she has to tell me what she read. She loves it but as I say, some aren't as fortunate.

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      Margolyn 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      When I was in grammer school, I was getting bad grades in reading and other skills. That was 60 years ago. In order to graduate from grammer school the teacher made me come in an hour earlier before class and read newspapers, magazines etc. By the end of the semester my reading went up to Junior High level and I graduated. When in highschool, while messing around in gym class the teacher made me read HEALTH magazines and give her a report on each one.

      I learned a lot about health issues and continued that interest the rest of my life. When I had children I made them read 1/2 hour each day after school. They hated it, but after awhile there were no more complaints and they were all so surprised when all of thier grades went through the roof because of thier reading skills and comprehension improved drastically.

      Now they are adults and read books on thier own. I started them young like in 1st and 2nd grade. And they had to make thier beds before they went to school.. To this day they do these things because they got used to good habits etc,like brushing thier teeth.

      It's tough in the beginning but stick it out, its worth it in the long run. Take them to the library etc.

      It works...

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      BODYLEVIVE 5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      A big hello and hug to Miss Little Tiffy and Mister Gabriel. I love dogs and cats. Thank you so much for the compliment on my writing. I still have a lot you learn. I do believe I can learn a lot from a master such as yourself. I'll also be reading more of your hubs. Thank you from Loachapoka, Alabama.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ......I love this picture of the dog 'reading' a book about cats - my two felines - Miss Little Tiffy and Mister Gabriel would approve - lol - and yes 'reading' they say is what makes any writer 'even better'.....

      We seem to be losing the days when book stores were prominent and to read something 'required holding it in your hand' not reading it off a screen - I work in the newspaper industry for a daily newspaper and although I wouldn't say it's dying - the circulation of most newspapers have declined quite a bit and they will never recover especially with the young demographic audience.

      Thank you to inspire me to read more - sometimes I think I am too busy writing to do so - but when a great writer like you comes along who know hows to communicate your thoughts and ideas very well - it makes for an always inspiring read.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:25pm