It’s summer! And that also means kids are out of school. Some kids will immediately go for the game player, and others will like exploring outdoors. But since brain drain is real during the off-school months, reading becomes an important way for them to retain skills and engage their imagination. This post is all about how to make summer reading fun for kids, to help them enjoy it and hopefully create a life-long love of reading.
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Utilize Summer Reading Programs
One of the easiest ways to get your child into summer reading is to have a local or national reading program help you. Most local libraries have a summer reading program that adjusts for all ages, and often includes prizes and incentives.
There is also the annual Scholastic summer reading initiative. This year they have the U.S. divided into sections with a July “road trip.” You click on the map to find out when they will have events in your area. And your child can also sign in as a student for its summer reading challenge, which goes until September 7 — there’s “A Magical Summer of Reading” theme, with Harry Potter illustrations.
Barnes & Noble has a summer reading program that this year expanded to teens and adults, as well as elementary-age children. You can earn free and discounted books through the program.
Check Out Book Delivery Services
While Amazon doesn’t have a formal summer reading program, but it does have a new Amazon Rapids service. It’s a subscription reading program for ages 5-12, with short stories just for their reading level. The idea is to turn screen time into reading time and build a kid’s reading confidence without committing to a long book. New stories are added on a rolling basis.
There’s also an Amazon Prime Book Box. You pick your child’s reading level and preferences, and then a box of new books are delivered every 1, 2, or 3 months — it’s about $22.99 a box. What’s fun about this, is that there’s a sense of adventure and surprise.
Cratejoy.com has a similar-type kids’ books subscription program. You pick the book bundle type (there are several options), which can include mixed books and themed projects as well. There’s even a Spanish-language book box.
Lillypost.com is another kids book service for young children through age 7 — you pick your box and plan, and with each box the company donates a book to either one of two charities, Project Night Night for homeless children or The Children’s Book Bank for low-income children in Toronto.