Whether it’s a cozy corner in your living room or a special space in your child’s bedroom, creating a summer reading environment for your kids will inspire them to read and make diving into books even more enjoyable.
This helps children experience reading as a fun summer activity — like going to the pool or playing outside — rather than something they have to do for class, in which they might log reading by minutes and pages.
“With the wide expanse of summer, you can shed some of those metrics and help your child view time with a good book like a trip to the beach, a ballgame, or a picnic,” says Karen Baicker, executive director of the Yale Child Study Center-Scholastic Collaborative for Child & Family Resilience and publisher for Family and Community Engagement (FACE) at Scholastic. “That can start by creating a cozy, dedicated space where books are an open-ended invitation to a summer escape.”
As you begin to plan and brainstorm ideas for your child’s summer reading area, here are five tips to keep in mind.
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