With a relaxed schedule and plenty of down time, summer is a great time to read. While most kids have required summer reading, they may not be reading for fun and taking advantage of the long, lazy days to enjoy books that interest them.
If your children don’t readily reach for books, here are some tips to encourage summer reading:
- Let them read whatever they want
- Read together
- Visit the library or bookstore to choose some new books
Here are 6 easy ways to make reading fun at home:
- Start a family book club. Let your children chose the book(s) for a family summer book club. Everyone will read and discuss. Each family member can prepare a few discussion questions. To make it fun, plan a special dinner that ties to the theme of the book. Then make or order food that everyone will enjoy. For younger kids, here are some food-inspired children’s books. Older kids may enjoy a book that takes place in another country like The Last Chinese Chef.
- Be adventurous. Chose action and adventure books, like Harry Potter or The Lightening Thief. Where the Wild Things Are is a perfect one for younger children. Use a flashlight and take turns reading under the covers or pitch a tent and read outside under the stars. Of course, including popcorn or s’mores will surely increase the enjoyment.
- Read over breakfast. Encourage siblings to read out loud to each other or to the family pet. You can alternate pages or chapters with your child. Or gather the whole family together for a group read-aloud. Select books everyone will enjoy whether you go for humor, history or classics like Charlotte’s Web or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Try magazines. Just as you might like to curl up with your favorite magazine, your kids may like reading something that really interests them. There are a variety of publications geared toward kids. Time for Kidsis a great one to keep your children in tune with the outside world. Other favorites are National Geographic Little Kids, American Girl, and Sports Illustrated Kids. The beauty of magazines is kids can read what they like without feeling like they’re forced to read a whole book.
- Play a board game with reading. Board games are always a fun family activity … and are perfect for reluctant readers. They’ll have so much fun they won’t realize they need to read to play. Some family favorites include, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Life and Scrambled States of America.
- Listen to audiobooks. Some kids would prefer to listen to books. Check audiobooks out from the library or download them from Audible. Audiobooks and podcasts, such as This American Life, Freakonomics Radio, and TED Radio Hour,are perfect for summer car trips with older kids. Younger kids might enjoy Roald Dahl classics like James and Giant Peach or Matilda. They can even read along.
For more book ideas and a chance to meet authors locally, read our Summer Reading blog.
If you have ways to make reading fun, please comment below. Happy reading!