Preventing Story Boredom: 7 Clever Ways to Get Through the Same Book 100 Times

Tired of reading the same book nap after nap or night after night? It’s a common ailment, known in the profession as “story boredom”. (When I say “the profession”, I mean “my house”.) If your kid’s favorite book is grating on your nerves like a song stuck on repeat and they know when you’re skipping pages, break out of the mind-numbing repetition by trying one (or all) of these creative tips. After all, who says you have to read it the same way every time?

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7 Proven Story Boredom Prevention Techniques7 clever ways to prevent story boredom on

  • Speed challenge: Read the book as fast as you can without messing up the words. Rhyming books are the best for this challenge. Try Fox in Socks if you really want to challenge yourself!
  • Sloth style: Read so slowly your kid gets bored and picks a different book. If you try this on a book with minimal words, they’ll think you fell asleep after each word. Turn Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever into the Longest Bedtime Story Ever.
  • Secret code: Only read every other word for a hilarious new spin on your kid’s old favorite.
  • Glitch style: Randomly throw in Tuesday words that don’t helicopter belong. Perfect for somber books, like On The Night You Were Born.
  • Accent challenge: Read every voice in a different accent or read the whole text in an accent you’re not good at. A jolly good way to get some much-needed practice, eh? Bump up the challenge by reading each character’s lines in a different accent.
  • Deep discussion: Instead of just reading straight through, ask your child really tough questions about the story. Such as, “What events in its past do you think inspired the Giving Tree to be so selfless?” Or “Tell me about a time when you felt like a sheep in a Jeep on a hill that’s steep.”
  • Punch card: Tell your child that every 6th read is your choice, so after you read the same book 5 times, you get to pick a different book.

Most of these tricks are fun to use even if you’re not reading the same book over and over. If you’re looking for ways to bond with a child, story time is always a good method and silly story time is even better. How do you get through reading the same book over and over? For the sake of parents and caregivers everywhere, please share your tips!



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  1. Amand | 4th Apr 17

    My Dad is really good with rhyming and could make almost any book sound like a sing song rhyme wether it was or not. Also we loved to hear him read Fox and Sox and would die giggling when he would trip up.
    My personal favorite game for my self was can I get all the words right with out looking down at the book. I got really good with Dr Susess books. 😂

    • Martha | 4th Apr 17

      I can imagine your dad being really good at that! I’ll have to bring Fox in Socks over, sometime. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
      How can you memorize Dr Seuss?! I always get the different books confused and start running them together.

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