Today is the first day of summer, although most of our kids have started their summer vacation from school already. Keeping kids reading and learning throughout the summer really helps them tremendously when they return to the classroom in the fall. We still want them to enjoy their summer and be able to just be kids, but reading can be a big part of that. Today’s infographic shares the top 10 tips for getting kids reading this summer from Scholastic.
I love all of the tips they have. As a child I was an avid reader and devoured books. When I became a parent I assumed my child would be the same, but he was not. T like to read sometimes, but really disliked being told what he had to read or being limited on his selection by the AR (Accelerated Reading) list they had at school. Letting him pick his own books at the library or bookstore made a huge difference for him.
Something that goes along with #7 on the list is finding books about whatever hobby or interest your kids have. My son, T, loved all things automotive so he read books, both fiction and non-fiction, about cars. These books generally held his interest the most. We also realized he preferred realistic fiction the most and would ask librarians and bookstore clerks for suggestions of these types of books for him.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer full of great reads! Do you have plans for certain books this summer? If you have kids, do you have a plan to help them keep reading this summer?[signoff]
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