Are you raising a book wyrm? If you’ve ever stayed up late at night, tormented with thoughts of whether or not your child is turning into a book wyrm, then we can help. Although subtle, there are various signs that your child is developing into a proper book wyrm, if you know what to look for.
Read through the countdown below and keep track of how many signs you’ve seen to discover how serious your child’s reading addiction is.
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39 Signs Your Raising a Kid Who Loves Reading
Sign 39 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your kid has had to prove to strangers that they’re really reading “adult” books because people can’t believe that someone so young could read books so big.
Sign 38 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child’s nose is in a book any time you’re driving anywhere, and they never seem to get car sick.
Sign 37 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has already started writing books of their own.
Sign 36 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child makes sure you know about a year in advance when the new books in their favorite series or from favorite authors are to be released.
Sign 35 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has begged you to stay up late so you can drive them to a midnight book release.
Sign 34 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has declared that they’re going to be a writer or an editor when they grow up.
Sign 33 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child is constantly struggling between lending their books to their friends in the hopes that they’ll learn to love them too, and worrying what horrible things might happen to their books if they let them out of their care.
Sign 32 That Your Child Loves Reading
Whenever your family goes somewhere—family gatherings, Thanksgiving, New Year’s parties—they bring a book with them “in case they get bored.”
Sign 31 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child already has developed a love/hate relationships with movies based on books.
Sign 30 That Your Child Loves Reading
Recess at school just means your child can read without being told to stop by a teacher.
Sign 29 That Your Child Loves Reading
But your child doesn’t like group reading assignments: “Why are they dragging this book out? It’s like a half-day book.”
Sign 28 That Your Child Loves Reading
It’s no secret that your child’s favorite part of school is reading time.
Sign 27 That Your Child Loves Reading
You’ve caught your child crying or laughing while reading.
Sign 26 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has literally dragged you into their school book fair and asked you to buy the entire thing. (And when you refuse, they painstakingly whittle down their wish list to “just five.”)
Sign 25 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has handed you a book order with every single book circled except for the ones they already have.
Sign 24 That Your Child Loves Reading
Whenever there is a book order at school, your child tells you about it as soon as they run through the door, but somehow you’ve missed several other notes from school.
Sign 23 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your community librarian knows your child by name.
Sign 22 That Your Child Loves Reading
When you tell your kid to pick up after themselves, it usually entails them gathering stacks of books from various places throughout the house.
Sign 21 That Your Child Loves Reading
You’ve caught your child sniffing books at a bookstore, and you weren’t sure if you should stop them or join them.
Sign 20 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has talked your ear off about a book series, and you’ve been convinced to read all their favorite books (if you hadn’t read them already).
Sign 19 That Your Child Loves Reading
You child’s celebrity crushes are typically fictional characters.
Sign 18 That Your Child Loves Reading
When you ask your child what their favorite book is, you get a dumbfounded, deer-in-the-headlight look like, “Just one? You want me to pick just one favorite book? Can I pick ten?”
Sign 17 That Your Child Loves Reading
You also don’t really worry if you might be giving your kid too much allowance, because you know the majority of it will just go toward new books.
Sign 16 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child looks forward to rainy days because they know they can curl up with a book without you urging them to spend time outside.
Sign 15 That Your Child Loves Reading
For birthdays, Christmas, and special occasions, your child always asks for more books. Or maybe even a new bookcase if they’re feeling ambitious.
Sign 14 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has created fan art, fan videos, fan fiction, or other forms of praise for their favorite books and authors.
Sign 13 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has loved a book series so much that they joined an online fandom to share their love of the books with others.
Sign 12 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child also tends to try and finish tasks like eating dinner, homework, or chores as quickly as possible so that they can return to their book.
Sign 11 That Your Child Loves Reading
When they’re doing chores, there’s usually an ereader or a book nearby that they are trying to read at the same time.
Sign 10 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child geeks out over favorite authors like other kids fawn over celebrities.
Sign 9 That Your Child Loves Reading
Sometimes you have to force your child to leave their reading cave and read outside for a while to get a bit of fresh air.
Sign 8 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has always crushed summer reading challenges. (This was supposed to take all Summer? I did it in a week.)
Sign 7 That Your Child Loves Reading
And your child spends more time reading on their phone than texting.
Sign 6 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has more books downloaded to their phone than apps.
Sign 5 That Your Child Loves Reading
You’ve often caught faint light coming from your child’s bedroom late at night as they try to sneakily read past bedtime using any light source available (such as handheld game systems, iPods, and phones).
Sign 4 That Your Child Loves Reading
Your child has tried to hide that they’re reading in class by placing their textbook in front of their reading book.
Sign 3 That Your Child Loves Reading
During parent-teacher conferences, teachers tell you your kid is great, except that he or she won’t stop reading in class.
Sign 2 That Your Child Loves Reading
Grounding your child from friends doesn’t have nearly as strong a reaction as grounding your child from books. Especially books they’re in the middle of reading.
Sign 1 That Your Child Loves Reading
You’ve walked in on your child sleeping with a half-read book nearby.
So, are you raising a little book wyrm? Share with us how many of these thing your child relates to in the comments below!