Tips for Summer Reading

  • Have plenty of books, books on tape, magazine, and other reading materials around for kids to read.  Keep books in the car and make sure a good book gets tucked into sports’ bags and campers’ backpacks.
  • Get your child his/her own library card.  Take your child to the library often and browse for books and enjoy special activities.
  • Help your child select books on topics he/she is interested in and on his/her reading level.  A simple rule of thumb for helping your child select books at his/her reading level is to have them choose a page in the book (not the first one) and read it orally.  If he/she doesn’t know five or more words, then the books is too hard for pleasure reading.
  • Connect reading with other summer activities.  For example, read books about places you will go over the summer or things you will be doing. Perhaps you will visit the beach or go camping; there are many good books about the beach and camping!
  • Set goals and reward reading.  Reward reading with more reading.  If your child finishes one book, stop by the store or library and let him/her pick out another book.
  • Let your kids see you read.  Read the newspaper over your morning coffee, take a magazine from the rack in the doctor’s office while you wait, or stuff a paperback into your purse, pocket, or briefcase.  Your kids will catch on to the fact that reading is something you like to do in your spare time.
  • Make reading together fun and memorable.  Even if your child is a super reader, he/she still loves to hear you read aloud.  You may want to use different voices for different characters when you read.  Reading together is a time for closeness and cuddling – another way to show your love as a caring adult.
  • Write your child a letter or note and leave it somewhere in the house.  Children love to read letters and notes you write them.  You may want to leave clues as to where you put the letter.  Make it a fun time.
  • Read it, then do it.  Does your child want to learn magic tricks? Juggling? Computer games?  There’s sure to be a book that can help.  Have your child the instructions and then give it a try.
  • Does your child like to help you cook?  Have your child choose a recipe to cook and read the directions together.  Following directions is important and this is just another way to keep your child reading throughout the summer.