How to motivate your kid to read

Video games and other time-wasters provide instant excitement, accomplishment, and adventure.

To most kids, books don’t stand a chance. So you need a way to motivate reading.

How to Motivate Kids to Read

As a kid my parents offered $1,000 for 1,000 books. Yes, a reward of $1,000 for 1,000 books read.

This motivated me to read. I became a reading machine.

Eventually the extrinsic motivation ($1,000) gave way to an even more powerful intrinsic motivation to read. I got hooked on books to learn and grow.

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At the same time my mother read interesting books to my brother and I, including: Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThe Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings.

These opened new worlds of adventure and strengthened my ability to concentrate and comprehend classic literature.


I never collected the $1000 because I eventually started reading fat books. They slowed my progress. Reading and learning was my reward.

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