Encouraging Kids to Read during the Summer


Too many kids associate reading with school, and they think reading is difficult and boring. Help them find reading materials that interest them to support their summer learning as well as their success in school. Your kids can read whatever interests them—just keep them reading!

Summer Reading for Kids

Get your child a library card. (Actually, get everyone in your family a library card.) Then make it a habit to go to the library once a week to find new books.

Encourage your child to check out a number of books. That way, if your child doesn’t like the first one she picks up to read, there are other options.

Work your way through a reading list, such as the reading lists provided by FamilyEducation.com.

No matter how old your kids are, find interesting picture books to read aloud as a family. Many of these books are clever, humorous, and have lush illustrations. Anyone of any age can enjoy a picture book, and making a family ritual of different family members taking turns reading aloud can help boost literacy levels (and is a lot of fun).

Check out helpful reading resources on the Internet, such as Reading Rockets and Reading Is Fundamental.

Model reading. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, make reading a priority, even if it’s just reading a magazine article—or starting a short, popular novel.
Talk about what you’re reading. If your kids are young, read aloud a picture or chapter book together and talk about it after. If your kids are older, create a family book club for family members to discuss a book together.

Your kids may not think that reading is a very fun summer activity, but it’s a very important one. Take the time to help your child find books that she likes and wants to read, and you’ll have taken a big step toward maintaining school-year reading levels.

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