4 Tips to Make Reading Your Child's Go-To Summer Activity

Enjoy hours of family quiet time by helping your child get captivated by a good read.
May 17, 2021

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4 Tips to Make Reading Your Child's Go-To Summer Activity

May 17, 2021

As you look ahead to the long days of summer break, keep in mind that reading is the best activity for your child! Not only will it help your growing reader get lost in stories about new worlds, but it'll also give them something to look forward to during hours of peaceful quiet time. 

Most kids are well aware that summer reading provides benefits beyond the summer months, according to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. Seventy-seven percent of kids agree that reading over the summer will help them during the school year — and on average, kids read nine books in the summer of 2018.

Here are four tips and strategies Scholastic senior library manager Deimosa Webber-Bey recommends to help your kids read all summer. 

 

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1.  Pack Up the Home “Classroom”

If your child has been learning remotely, you may have recreated the school environment at home by designating a certain spot for schoolwork (perhaps with items like pencil sharpeners and notepads). But for summer reading, you don’t need all of those supplies. Instead, emphasize just how enjoyable reading for fun can be. 

“Maybe now you want to symbolically turn that classroom space into a cozy reading corner or a book fort,” says Webber-Bey. Partner up with your child to create a summer reading space that feels relaxed, cheerful, and perfectly cozy — even if it’s one small corner of the kitchen or a window sill they love sitting at. Here are more ways to create a summer reading space

2. Connect With Other Readers (Even If It’s Virtually)

Team up with other parents to build a strong, supportive summer reading network, says Webber-Bey. You might discover a fun and creative way to keep your kids reading during this time, whether it’s through a virtual book club, a book pen pal (your child can write letters or emails about what they’re reading), or something as simple as a phone call with a classmate to discuss a book they’re both devouring.

This opens doors for children to connect over their shared love of reading, which will make diving into new books all the more exciting for them. 

3. Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Program. 

Kids enrolled in Scholastic Summer Reading can track their reading with Reading Streaks™ in the Scholastic Home Base digital destination, earn virtual rewards for their achievements, and engage with their favorite authors in special virtual events. Readers can even help unlock a donation of 100,000 print books for kids with limited or no access to books.

Register your child for the Scholastic Summer Reading Program. 

It's also a great idea to join in on the summer reading alongside your child, says Webber-Bey. Whether you’re reading the same books or grown-up titles tailored to your own interests, reading alongside your child will underscore the value of reading. “Show your child that reading can be a relaxing way to reset,” says Webber-Bey. 

4. Celebrate the positive.

One of the most important things you can do this summer and beyond is to compliment and celebrate all of your child’s reading achievements. “When you catch your kid in a positive reading moment, compliment them and affirm what they’re doing,” says Webber-Bey. “That’s reinforcing good behavior.”

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