Train up a child in the way he should read (a contest)

One of you will win all four of these excellent books—an ESV Children’s Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible, and Big Truths for Young Hearts. And a runner-up will win one book (your choice).

How to enter:

It’s easy. Christian parents, please write a brief description of 3 creative ways you trained your child to read. This can include ways that you cultivated a love of literature in their life and/or ways that you creatively instructed them in literacy. For simplicity’s sake let’s confine this to young children between the ages of 4–10.

The entry with the most thoughtful and creative ideas—as voted on by my panel of mothers with little kids—will win the collection of books.

These may be practices you used many years ago. It doesn’t matter if your children are now young or grown.

Also, my attention span is short so please be brief. Send me your thoughtful and creative ideas in an email or in a Word document (no longer than 1,000 words). Send it to me via email at:

crede.ut.intelligas AT mac DOT com

I’ll post the best entries on the blog and authors will be identified by first name and last initial. Winners will be contacted via email.

Entries must be received before Monday, April 12.

Those entries will be accepted from all 6 continents; however, only those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S. are eligible to win the books.

Thanks for entering.

And thanks for teaching your children the value of reading!


3 thoughts on “Train up a child in the way he should read (a contest)

  1. Great topic and four great books. All four are part of my library. I can’t wait to read the winning entries. Thanks for having this contest.

  2. I put my children to bed with books at nap time and bed time. They were allowed to stay up longer in bed if they read. We avoided the toy store but regularly took them to the book store and allowed them to buy books. We read to them aloud in the car on our way to and from church and on trips.

  3. I’ve only got a 2.5 year old and a 9 month old, but we’re working on letters for the 2 year old. :)

    The best way I can think of to cultivate a love of reading in your child is to be a reader yourself. So my wife and I have been doing lots of reading. And we read books to both of our kids every night before they go to sleep. We also have “quiet reading time” every Friday night. It’s mostly a “quiet look at the pictures in the book” time for the 2 year old, but it’s become part of our family tradition. We’re also reading a chapter from the Bible every night after dinner (right now it’s I Corinthians 13)–the same chapter for a period of weeks. Our 2 year old almost has I Corinthians 13 memorized.

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