Get a Kid to Read a Book This Summer – 10 Tips


Parents and teachers worry about children slipping backwards on reading ability over the summer. Don’t let that happen with these tactics to make reading fun. Getting your kid to read is vital to school achievement and sets him on the path to lifelong learning. Make reading a pleasure.

There are great books for any age child.

There are great books for any age child. (photo by Virginia Allain)

Ten Tips to Inspire Your Child to Read During the Summer (and to Like It)

  1. Join the library summer reading club. Public libraries all over the country plan activities and incentives to get kids reading. These programs really work wonders and they are free.
  2. Have books available in the home. A well-stocked bookshelf in the child’s room entices them to pick up a book and start reading.
  3. Have a set bedtime, but allow lights-on for an extra half hour if they are reading in bed. If not reading, then lights-out at the regular time.
  4. Go to a bookstore, yard sale or used book sale and let the child choose their own books. Don’t dictate what they should buy, as you want them to feel a personal ownership of the books.
  5. Bribe them to read. Maybe they want to earn money for a coveted item, so set a price for a certain number of pages read or pay per book. It might be the best investment you make if it turns your child into a lifelong reader.
  6. Read aloud to them. Enjoying a story becomes a way for the family to have quiet time together. Cuddle up on the sofa and they will learn to associate reading with family togetherness.
  7. Subscribe to children’s magazine. Getting mail is special and they will look forward to it’s arrival.
  8. Ask older children to read aloud to a younger child. They’ll like setting an example. Even reading aloud to the dog or cat is beneficial.
  9. Parents who take time to read for pleasure set a good example for their children. Kids imitate grown-ups, so if you read, they will want to read too.
  10. Take advantage of book/movie tie-ins. Watching the Harry Potter films inspires a child to want to read the books.

BONUS TIP: Remember that nonfiction reading is beneficial too. It doesn’t have to be a story. Read a recipe to cook something. Read about rock collecting, then go on a rock hunt. Many daily activities provide an opportunity for reading.


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