Treat reading as an enjoyable summer activity

Treat reading as an enjoyable summer activity
Posted on 06/07/2021

To keep your child reading over the summer, treat it like any other fun summer activity. Let it be something he can do whenever he feels like it. Show him that reading can be enjoyable. And never make summer reading feel like homework.

If you help your child make the connection between books and the simple pleasures of childhood, his desire to read may last a lifetime.

To take a summer approach to reading:

  • Suggest that your child reread a favorite book. Then find another book by the same author. Or find one on the same topic.
  • Connect books with summer activities—sports books for a summer league player, for instance, or camping books for a camper.
  • Let your child stay up past bedtime when a book is just too good to put down.
  • Start your child on a series of mystery or thriller books. These page-turners hook kids into a reading habit.
  • Encourage a change of venue. Read books at the beach or pool, in a tent or at the park.
  • Watch movies, videos and plays based on children’s books. Then read the books together and compare the versions.
  • Share your favorite books and magazines with your child.
  • Encourage your child to retell stories or parts of stories from the books he reads.
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