Top Ten Signs You Are Raising an Avid Reader

1. There is no such thing as a bad place to read.


2. You always have a balance at your public library due to late fees.

3. You often return your own books to the public library.

4. Instead of getting rid of some of your kids’ books, you buy more book shelves.

5. Special books will fall apart before your child loses interest in them.


6. Going to Barnes and Noble is considered a vacation.

7. Using books as a reward for good behavior is effective.

8. Amazon remembers you when you visit their website.

9. The kids (sometimes) pick reading over watching television or playing video games.

10. Going to bed without stories is unacceptable.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Signs You Are Raising an Avid Reader”

  1. Love your list. I remember friends of ours thought it was funny (or weird) when we used not reading a book to our kids at bed time as a punishment. Our boys HATED that and would avoid that consequence at all cost. Looking back, maybe not a great choice but it was effective!


    1. Yes, that’s a tough one. My wife is really good about using Love and Logic with bedtime stories. “If you keep bouncing, I will only have enough energy to read you four books instead of five.”


  2. The only punishment that would truly matter to my older is taking his books away… But I can’t do it. When he was smaller and we needed a consequence, we wouldn’t listen to Jim Dale reading Harry Potter for the rest of the day. Worked magic. Love raising a reader.


    1. Good choice! Jim Dale is an awesome reader. I would play his audio rendition of “A Christmas Carol” for my 6th graders when I taught. Great way to access texts that may be too difficult for readers.


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