As you may have seen through our Read Across America efforts earlier this year, we at NEA are incredibly passionate about reading. And now that many kids are either off or soon to be off for the summer, the longer days and additional free time set the perfect stage for summer reading!
However, we know that getting kids to read can be a challenge for many parents, so please join in (Thursday, June 18), 12-1pm EST for a very special Twitter chat focused on summer reading. I’ll be joined by co-hosts @ReadBrightly, @Scholastic, @teachmama, and @pragmaticmom and we’ll share helpful resources and fantastic booklists to get the whole family engaged in summer reading. Follow along and share via #NEAreads!
Meanwhile, here are a few of my favorite tips to get your kids excited about reading:
1. Read together. At the end of the day, your kids just want to be together. So read together! This activity gives you together time, models reading behavior, and gives you a chance to curl up with a book!
2. Give them choice. There may be books you want your kids to read, and it’s OK to suggest those, but kids are more likely to do things when they have a say in the matter. Give them a chance to choose their titles.
3. Visit the library. Libraries not only offer air conditioning on hot days, but there are thousands of titles to choose from (see above point about choice!) and many libraries offer fun summer reading programs for kids.
4. Give kids a challenge. Does your child have a competitive spirit? Or do they like to collect data? Have them engage in a challenge, such as the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
What are your top strategies to get your kids to read during the summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.