Let it be something kids can do when they feel like it. Show them how reading can be fun. And never make summer reading “homework.”
Help your child make a connection between books and the simpler pleasures of childhood. Then this pleasure in reading will 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 other summer activities—sports books for a summer league player, for instance, or camping books for a camper.
Invite your child to read the newspaper with you.
Let your child stay up past bedtime when a book is too good to put down.
Start your child on series fiction or thrillers. 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 on the road.
Watch movies, videos, and plays based on children’s books. Read the book and compare it with what you saw.
Share your favorite books and magazines with your child.
Use picture stories to reminisce with your child about your own childhood summers.
Encourage your child to retell stories or story parts.
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