I love to read, as does my oldest. He reads an hour every day. He has to read or he can’t do other fun stuff, like play video games, but he loves to read, so it’s not a big deal. I’m aware that not every kid is like this though. My daughter isn’t big on reading, partly because her reading skills are limited. She gets frustrated and doesn’t want to read, even if we help. She is all about us reading to her at bed time, but if we try to read a book together, she refuses.
Do you want to keep your kids reading this summer? Here’s a few tricks I use.
Sign the kids up for reading programs. Most libraries offer them, as well as places like Barnes and Noble, Pizza Hut (Book It anyone?), Chuck E. Cheese, and Showcase Cinemas. The kids read to get free stuff. I really wish more places had adult programs. I’d read a lot to get some free food.
The library has a summer reading program (ours even has one for adults!), but they may also have other summer events. Just getting the kids in the library, surrounded by all those wonderful books, can be helpful. They may see or hear about new books that interest them.
I remember loving getting the mail when I was younger and finding my magazines. Even when I was a little older, getting YM and Seventeen, it was always fun. My mom has always gotten the kids Highlights magazine. I received a free issue of Military Kid’s Life from The Chameleon Kids, for my oldest to read and review. It is the only print magazine for military kids. He wasn’t interested at first, but once he started to read it, he loved it. He read the entire thing in one sitting and kept reading things out loud to me. Find a magazine about sports or tech stuff that your kids will love. They won’t quite feel like they are reading.
Going on vacation? Taking a road trip? Find a family friendly book to listen to on audio. It’s not exactly reading, but it can still introduce them to a love of books and it’s way better than playing video games the entire time.