Top 10 Tips for Summer Reading


Summer is here! Are your kids reading? Kids need to read during the summer to help prevent the “summer slide”. Outlined below are ten ways to get your child reading more over the summer.


  1. Visit your public library weekly. Take part in your library’s summer reading program. Get to know your children’s librarian or youth librarian. Use them as a resource to help your child find books that will engage them.
  2. Bring a book with you everywhere! There so much time to sneak reading in everywhere we go. The park, the doctor’s office, and while waiting in line at the post office are all places where reading time is alive and well if children are prepared with a book.
  3. Vary fiction and nonfiction. A good balance between the two is important. Children need to know how to read both!
  4. Read about vacation destinations. Taking a vacation this summer? Check out books and websites about where you are visiting. Children having knowledge about where they are visiting will help them enjoy the trip even more.
  5. Get involved in a summer reading program. It is not too late to join in a summer reading program. Check out programs online from Barnes & Noble, Sylvan, and Chuck E. Cheese. Also check out your local public library’s program.
  6. Exchange screen time for book time. If your children want screen time make an exchange for book time. A reasonable exchange rate for most children is 30 minutes of reading for 15 minutes of screen time.
  7. Take advantage of summer nights for family reading and learning. On a warm clear night head outside with a flashlight and a book on constellations. Read under the stars about the constellations and their stories. Then find them in the sky. It may also be a great time for some ghost stories or scary stories.
  8. On a rainy day explore poetry reading and then write poems. It will help the time pass and let kids enjoy some fun on a rainy day.
  9. Plan a trip to the local zoo or museums by reading online about those places. Let your child research the location online. Allow them to read maps and plan a part of your trip. They will feel empowered through their reading skills and ability to make plans for their family visit.
  10. Be a reading role model for your child. Children who see their parents read will know that it is an enjoyable activity and will model that behavior. As your child’s first and best teacher, be the best reading role model you can be!


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