How to Create a Bookworm

August 15, 2016 Bookish chat, Bookish Fun 13

I’m setting off on a mission!  I want to create a bookworm or even I want to create whole libraries of bookworms.  Let me explain.

How to create a bookworm


Why I want to create a bookworm:

I can’t imagine my life without books. Well if pushed I can, but it would feel a lot emptier without my stacks of beloved books cluttering up every corner of house. Books have allowed me much-needed time-outs during stressful times, provided endless entertainment and supported my love of learning. Books blanket me in cosy feels, and are my constant source of comfort and pleasure.

I think if you pass on a love of reading to a child that you are bequeathing them with a gift for life. An invaluable gift that will stay with the child long after broken plastic toys lie decaying in landfills. I was encouraged to read from an early age and I want to pay it forward by putting together a blog post on helping reluctant readers find joy in books.

Who I want to convert!

Reluctant adult readers but also children.  Especially children. If a child’s parents love to read, then that beginning point is there. But what about those parents that are reluctant readers but don’t want their children to be. That is who I long to reach and help build a path for. Of course I don’t know if they will ever find my post, but if you don’t dare to try, then you don’t succeed.

Why I need your bookish experiences:

I am clear on my aim but I need help. You are avid book readers and I want to know how that started. Who egged you on at the start of your bookish journey? Was it a person that made all the difference or was it finding a book that hooked you for life? Who was the biggest influence in your reading habits as a child?

I’d really appreciate your feedback on this, as the more comments this generates, then the more helpful my guide will be. I want it to be practical and I want it to be backed up by the experiences of passionate bookworms.

Ordinary people can change the world and this ordinary woman wants to change the world by helping hesitant readers discover that books can open new worlds. Will you help?


Talk to Trish: Spill all the details on your early bookish influencers and experiences so that I incorporate them all into a post. Thanks in advance for helping me to pay it forward with this bookish challenge that I have set myself.

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13 Responses to “How to Create a Bookworm”

  1. Lola

    What a great idea! It’s hard to remember a lot of specifics from when I was a child and how I started reading, but I’ll do my best.

    My mother isn’t such an avid reader like me and even my sister are, but she did love reading and often told my sister and I stories before going to sleep. She made up stories or read us books. And when we decides the car was a real person and talked to my mom, she happily went with that fantasy and talked back to us pretending we were the car.

    I always had a fondness for books and stories for as long as I can remember. I used to tell stories to my sister and she told me stories in return. We loved watching tv, playing games and reading. And all those media have stories as the basis. I think having a sister might have helped to as we could talk to each other about shows we had seen or the books we had read and then made up our own stories and adventures with those characters. Or create our own characters. we also loved to draw and we drew the characters from series we had watched or made up our own characters and we drew how they would look like.

    I am not sure how much my mother encouraged our love for reading and how much came from myself. I think a bit of both. I do know that my mom encouraged our reading, there always were enough books in the house and when we got older we regularly visited the library. And also on school we had to read and I always enjoyed that reading time. And then eventually I started buying my own books.

    My mom read books to us when we were little and she read books herself as well. I can remember vacations were we visited a swimming pool and my mom and I often sat reading, while my sister could be found in the water a lot.

    But my sister and I now both read a lot more than my mom, who only reads a few books in the year. So even though she wasn’t a super avid reader, she still managed to pass that love for reading and stories on to us. And I feel like I always have been fond of stories, not sure why. I hope that helps and let me know if you need more!
    Lola recently posted…Review: A Brit on the Side by Brenda St. John Brown

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    From my early years, my mom read to me, then my older brother did; he taught me to read as I sat next to him, watching the words flow on the pages.

    My mom also took me to the little public library in the village….and when I had read everything I could get my hands on, we moved up to the library in the larger town.

    Libraries were my cozy place, and as an adult, I always had to find the library first in whatever town I had moved to.

    Soon I discovered bookstores and started buying from them.

    I am known for always having a book with me wherever I go.

    Sadly, two out of four of my kids don’t love reading….how did that happen? Maybe they saw that the books helped me escape, and they resented that? I tried to include them in the escape, too….but obviously that didn’t work.

    I am looking forward to your post on what you gather from our thoughts. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Awesome idea! Apparently from the time I was an infant I was fascinated by books and would almost always immediately quiet down if someone sat down with a book and read to me. So for me books have always been just there. It did help that my grandmother and I are very close and she was a big reader and we shared books sometimes.
    Both my girls weren’t necessary reluctant readers but they took a little bit longer to really become interested. For them it was all about finding the right book that really hooked them. I think letting kids read what interests them (within reason – a 9 year old probably doesn’t need to read 50 Shades of Grey) and not over commenting – either positively or negatively is generally a good thing. Lots of library trips with encouragement to try stuff but not make a kid finish something they’re not enjoying and then just having books around in general I think make a big difference in whether someone becomes a reader or not.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Ramblings from the Stacks – My Back to School Reading List

  4. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Love this!! I apparently always loved books and read a lot as a kid. I don’t remember what I loved to read except for some of the more popular series – babsitter’s club and such. Then I stopped reading except for a random book here and there. I got back into reading a lot with Twilight and the Sookie Stackhouse books which a coworker recommended. I am trying to instill a love of books in my kids by reading a lot to them.
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  5. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Books have been the one constant in my life. I grew up surrounded by them. My mom read to me and taught me to read at a very young age, and it was just sort of normal there after. It was the one activity I could do at any point in time, and one of the few things my mom would buy me without hesitation. She encouraged my love in a subtle way.
    I think the biggest part of my love of reading was the freedom I had to choose what I wanted to read. My mom wasn’t really big on pre-reading things and didn’t police what I read (unless it was obviously too risque), so what I read was very much up to me and it was nice to have control over that.
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  6. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I don’t remember a time when I didn’t read (my mom says I was three years old), so I guess I was born a bookworm.

    With my son, we didn’t push early reading, but we read to him every night, going through many of my old favorites. He loves it so much that if he misbehaves an effective threat is to say we will not read aloud at night!

    When he started reading himself, for a while he was a little bit reluctant because his own reading was slower than my reading aloud, but then he just took off. He went from reading Frog and Toad to Swallows and Amazons in one year.

    I do think that the vocabulary and comprehension built from the oral reading was an important factor. When children already love stories, and know lots of words from context, then decoding them on the page is not so difficult and they are more motivated.
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  7. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Gosh, I think the love of reading just fell into my lap at a very young age. I’m sure a big part of it was my grandparents big home library. Of course my grandma and mom encouraged it also by always buying me books and taking me to the library when I wanted to go. One thing I really appreciate about them is they never restricted me on what I could read. I checked out the most random books that were obviously above my reading level, but they didn’t stop me. I went through all the books in my grandparents library, that’s where I read my first Stephan King book (Christine) when I was in 5th grade. I’d even read their encyclopedias. So I think giving someone lots of opportunity and options is a key factor.
    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted…The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

  8. Steph

    Love this idea, happy to share.

    I was not a very good reader in elementary school, to the point that my parents tried Hooked on Phonics (if you remember that program – it may still even be available I don’t know) and then when that didn’t work and I was behind other kids, I was put into a reading buddy program with older kids. We got paired up and there was an older girl who helped me and eventually after a lot of library meetings, I learned. I think that because I found reading so challenging in the beginning it made me want to keep reading as much as possible after that point.
    I remember that I was ashamed of having to be in a program to help me but I really liked my buddy and she made it fun. The first full book that I read in the reading level I was supposed to be at was The Polar Express. I still love that book so much. Since then I have not turned back, my parents were obviously fine with me reading but never expected it to turn into this big of a hobby. I love it 🙂

    Good luck with your guide!
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  9. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    How exciting! I love this idea. I wish I could help more, but I have no idea why I loved to read at such a young age. I just remember reading all the time. I don’t remember my parents reading to me or wanting me to read (I mean, I’m sure they read to me when I was really little) but most of my memory is just me reading to myself. haha I’ve always loved to read, and my parents were obviously happy with that and were happy to bring me to the library or buy me books.
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  10. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    My early bookish memories are a little hazy, but World Book Day, Roald Dahl and the library featured greatly in my childhood (particularly the mobile library, but those are bygone days). What grew my love of books was discovering exactly the kind of books I enjoyed – we all tend to have a reading comfort zone, and whilst it’s great to explore beyond those boundaries from time to time, sticking with what you know is perfectly fine!

    My son is not yet a speaking reader, as he is just over two and a half, but he is a total bookworm! We have always read to him, from day one, and we are now at the stage where he will happily pick a pile of books and sit for a good hour or so listening and interacting with what is being read to him. It is through some of his favourite books that he has started learn and recognise words on sight, which is amazing! Again though, my son has a comfort zone with books, and favourites are often repeated daily and there is definitely a theme within his collection of books. We also keep his books out in an accessible place where he can get to them himself, and have a little chair next to the box of books where we’ll often find him sitting and ‘reading’ to himself. So cute!

    One thing I’ve noticed that also helps create a bookworm is read in front of others.. Spread the knowledge and accessibility of books.

    I love the idea of this, Trish!
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  11. Karen Blue

    My mom didn’t read to me, at least not ever that I remember. Once I saw her husband reading a Stephen King book. I was 11 and I asked to borrow it when he was done. That’s how I started really reading. Stephen King before I even it puberty. I went through all his books and then I started hitting up the library for anything with a cool cover. I am probably not the best person to ask.
    I love this idea. I hope you come up with really great suggestions. I read to my children and we go to the library a lot. I spend gobs of cash at Book Fairs for them. Anything to get the to read. It worked for 2/4 of my kids, so I got a 50% sucess rate. Lol!
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  12. Rachel

    What a lovely idea, Trish!

    No one in my family is really a reader apart from me. It started when I was quite young, picture book young. My family said I had an insatiable appetite to always want to know more. I was curious, always asked questions, and soaked up information like a sponge. I actually am still like this today. My parents and older siblings were driven to distraction with me. Mum took me to the library one day and I found books. Apparently they were the only things that could keep me entertained for hours. I specifically have young memories of a book called Alpaca ( I ADORED this book.

    When the book fair came to school, I used to get SO excited, and when I had to go somewhere with my parents (grocery shopping, town, visiting relatives, etc.), I would be bribed for good behaviour with the promise of a new book. I gobbled up Jacqueline Wilson as a kid, and then of course Harry Potter. I read magazines, teletext, and when I ran out of things to read I read the instructions and ingredients on shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste etc. (It actually came in handy a few years later when I went to work in a local pharmacy).

    Today, I buy my friends and colleagues children books when I can. Most already have an interest in reading of sorts, so I try to find the perfect book to IGNITE that passion, but one or two I’ve converted into moderate readers from no reading at all. The main one was a young boy who loved playing Mine Craft on the Nintendo. He thought books were for geeks, until I bought him a book with loads of tips and tricks on how to play the game. He soon realised that books can have great purpose too, even for video gamers!

    My biggest achievement was converting my dad into an avid reader. He’s 64 and hadn’t read a book since he was 19. He didn’t think fiction was for him (he’s terribly logical). Not only does he now read more than me, but he read The Nightingale this year (a stereotypical “female” book), AND he read I’ll Meet You There, which is YA! He loved both. I wrote about his conversion before:

    Anything I can help you with along the way, just let me know! R xx
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  13. Got My Book

    I thought about this when I was starting my blog. The interesting thing is that I can’t remember a single instance of being read to by my parents as a child (although I’m sure they must have). But I do remember my dad spending every free minute (not that there were a lot of them) reading. And our house was full of books. Also, my parents were always willing to drive me to the library or listen to me tell them all about what I’d read.

    I think that the final point is important for parents who are reluctant readers. If you can just listen and be enthusiastic about what your children are reading, they will be more excited about it.

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