Thus far I haven’t had to do anything special to get my children to embrace reading during the summer although I can probably be more diligent in requiring reading everyday. They request books and library time on their own. I think it’s because they – my three youngest ages 3, 5 and 6 – always see me and their older sister, age 19, reading. We continually have magazines or books in front of us and are engaged in reading.
I think because reading is such a natural part of my life I inadvertently suggest reading to them on the off chance they haven’t asked to read a book from their vast collection. These are some of the tips that I use:
- Offering them a magazine while in the doctor’s waiting room. It doesn’t have to be kid oriented. My 6-year-old son is realizing that he can find words that he knows and they “read” the pictures or ask what something says.
- Free subscriptions. I signed my son up to receive the Lego Magazine so he’s always excited to get one in the mail. That has made him more interested in magazines in general. When I’m reading my magazines I’ll ask my 5-year-old daughter if she likes something and read to her what it says about the item. Now she asks what things say.
- Writing book reviews. I’ve written book reviews since 1995 when I worked full-time in the magazine industry and I would always let my oldest daughter have the children’s books. My three youngest are able to enjoy this perk as well given the fact that I write book reviews here. They’re excited to see what new book is out and see their pictures on the blog.
One of the things that I need to do to make the children’s books more accessible to them is move them from the top of the shelf in their closet and get a bookshelf. Since they have such a large collection the books can be rotated on a regular basis so they always have something new and interesting to read.
How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading? A great idea is to get your children involved in the HarperCollins Children’s Books’ number one beginner reader series “I Can Read!” It’s a series, which debuted in 1957, which has been proven to encourage young readers who are reading together to advanced reading alone.
You can find more information on the series at I Can Read! along with a complete list of books and activities.
And, before you go, leave a comment telling me about ways you incorporate reading into your children’s summer. Do they like to read?
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