Ah, summertime. Full of adventure and non-stop fun with exciting vacation destinations, swimming, camping, hiking, playing with friends, sleepovers and reading! Wait, what? How did reading get on this list?
Let’s step away from associating reading as a chore and transform it into an activity kids look forward to performing. Summertime stimulates the imagination by its very nature – same with books! And, with so many new and amazing books being published on a daily basis, it’s easier than ever to find stories that will engage, entertain and inspire your child’s imagination.
Prioritize reading as part of your child’s routine this summer. It’s a fact – kids that don’t read during the summer months actually lose some of the reading skills they developed during the school year. Here are a few ways to encourage reading throughout the summer months:
- Set a good example! Kids model what they see. Scheduling even 15 minutes a day as reading time can encourage a lifetime habit and instill a love for reading. When reading becomes a habit and something kids look forward to, everyone wins!
- Make your next outing a trip to the library! Have you been to your local library lately? They are amazing and often have many enticing activities for kids. From story time, to music, to puppet shows, and other activities, visiting the library is a fun excursion for the whole family. Being able to check out books to take home is another great incentive – imagine being a child and being told you can take home free books! There’s also a lesson in there about responsibility but we won’t go into that here…sssshhh.
- Join a Summer Reading Challenge! What better way to encourage reading than through a reading challenge? Everyone loves a good challenge and kids are no exception! We Are Teachers created a list of reading challenges to engage your child this summer, many offering prizes and free books! Check out their top 10 reading challenges.
- Encourage your child to write his or her own story. Reading and writing go hand in hand, and kids love to tell stories! Change up your traditional story time activities to have a writing/drawing session. Include some friends and make it a big deal. Have everyone share their stories with each other at the end of the day. You can even take it a step further by letting the kids create their own books – here’s all you need to create a basic book:
- Paper, lined or unlined for the story
- Construction paper to mount the story on (and to use for the cover)
- Markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
- A stapler or yarn to put it all together.
- Subscription Book Boxes for Kids! If you have the money to spend, this is a great way to spark a love of reading. Sent on a schedule, you know you’ll always have new titles on the way. Plus, what child doesn’t love receiving mail? The Self-Sufficient Kids Blog compiled a list of Children’s Book subscription boxes* suitable for ages ranging from young children to preteen. * The link to the Self-Sufficient Kids blog article contains affiliate links for that blog, not mine. We are in no way connected and I do not receive any income from these links, it’s just a well-rounded list that I wanted to share with you.
Amazon also has a great book box subscription program for kids. You can click through the picture below for more information. (This is my affiliate link. If you purchase a Prime Book Box through my link I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you).
What are some of the ways you are encouraging your kids to read this summer?