5 Ways to Keep Your Tween Excited About Reading While at Home

Alexandra loves reading. Ever since she was a baby she has been able to keep herself entertained in the pages of a book. I never have to use any of the tips I shared in this post to encourage her to keep reading.

Now that she’s not able to get new books from the library she has to depend on her at-home collection. She’s getting bored reading the same books over and over again. But as much as she reads we can’t fund her habit without breaking the bank. So I did a little research and found these 5 ways to keep your readers excited about reading while at home.

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Your Local Library Online

Just because you can’t go into the building right now, doesn’t mean that you can’t use your local library any libraries are now offering ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through apps like Overdrive and Libby. The best part about it is the service is included with your library membership and costs you nothing! Check out online services through your local libraries website.

Ebooks Through Kindle

There are several ways you can access ebooks through Amazon Kindle. Even if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the app to any mobile device or tablet.

Kindle offers a number of ways to access their ebook catalog as well. You can purchase items one selection at a time or sign up for the Kindle Unlimited service. After your free trial period, the cost is around $10 per month. Shift some money you’re not using from your budget and try it out for a month or two.

If you’re already a member of Amazon Prime you can access several ebooks through the Prime Reading option. Included as a part of your membership Prime Reading has 100s of selections you can download and read for free.

Audio Books Through Audible

If your tween is like mine she ready for the newest book in her favorite series as soon as it’s available. Then she reads it in one sitting and a couple of hours later is jonesing for the next one. Thankfully Audible has a solution for tweens like that to enjoy.


During this time at home, Audible has released a catalog of hundreds of audiobooks available to anyone for free including book 1 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. You don’t even have to create an account or download the app. Just visit stories.audible.com and click start listening and leave the bedtime stories to them. As soon as your tween is finished with one book, she can just straight to the next one. Problem solved.

If the books they’re looking for aren’t on that list, you can sign them up with an Audible membership and get the first 30 days free. All these options work on any tablet, mobile device, or computer. Don’t tell Jeff Bezos, but BestBuy price matches if you find it cheaper on Amazon.

Amazon Prime Book Box

If hardcopy books are a must have, Amazon has created a solution for reading while at home that won’t break the bank no matter the size of your budget.

Prime Book Box is a new reading subscription service that delivers two new books to your door for a fraction of the cost. For just under $20 per box, you can select from the highest-rated books specially curated for your tween.

You can choose how often you want to receive books – every month, every other month, or every quarter – and you can even swap out the selections you want to receive from recommended books in each age category.

What are you doing to keep your tween reading while at home?

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