But studies show that kids who keep reading during the summer read better and do better in school.
Here are a few ways to keep kids reading all summer long:
Look at flea markets and garage sales for collections of series books like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Nothing develops the habit of reading as well as series books.
Make regular trips to the library. Sign up your child for a summer reading program.
Ask your child to read aloud to you while you drive, do dishes, or work on other chores.
Try a joke-book party if your child is at that age (about 8 or 9) when disgusting and really dumb jokes are “hysterical.” Have everyone read his favorite jokes and vote on the funniest, grossest, silliest ones.
Encourage your child to loan books to friends. The more they talk about what they’re reading, the more they will read.
Keep plenty of paperbacks around during sleepovers. When you tell children they have to get ready to sleep, add that they can stay up if they read quietly.
Suggest a ghost story campout (or camp-in) where everyone selects a favorite scary story to read.
Send along fun reading material when you send your child to summer camp. Magazines and paperbacks will quickly make the rounds of the cabin.
Show interest in what your child and her friends are reading.
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