Podcast Episode 180: How to Encourage a Child to Read (Even if Your Child Is Older and Hates Reading)

Apr 11, 2015 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy

Click here to download the transcript of this episode.


On this week’s episode, I answer a listener question asking if the teen years are too late to get kids to start reading.


I am dealing with this every day with adults.

  • I was 23 when Jones found me under the pier and gave me biographies.
  • Nobody ever told me, “Let me tell you why you want to read this.”
  • We’ve all heard that experience is the best teacher, but I think somebody else’s experience is the best teacher. This is why reading biographies is so important.


While living under the pier, I went through periods of fear and periods of boredom.

  • Jones told me that the books weren’t biographies but rather tales of romance, mystery, and adventure.
  • I grew up hating history, but it’s a passion of mine now.
  • I believe that sometimes people do not think things through to their foundation; many have surface-level thoughts about what they do and don’t like.


It’s amazing to me how many people will say, “Well, I don’t like to read.”

  • You mean you’ve never read something that made you laugh out loud, or cry?
  • I’ll ask just a couple questions, and it turns out that there is something they’ve read, whether it’s a magazine, newspaper, etc., that deeply affected them somehow.
  • So what you’re telling me is that the other books you’ve picked up are boring!
  • Find something you like to read!
  • Whatever your interest is—whether you’re a teen or a retiree—many have probably written about it, and someone has probably written about it well.
  • Regardless of their age, find your children a book or article they’re interested in, and they’ll want to read it.


In the full episode, I reveal the trick I use to get my kids to read whatever I want them to read.


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