1. Give Kids Choice
Most kids will read more if you truly let them choose what to read. Don’t stress out if it’s the 5th comic book they’ve read this week. You’re helping them build a habit of reading. But, finding good books can be hard for kids. Use the Bookopolis Book Lists or check out reviews from other kids on Bookopolis.
2. Go to the Library – virtually or IRL
If it’s safe for you and your kids to be indoors, frequent visits to the library are a wonderful, FREE way to spend a summer day. Let kids choose as many books as they want. Bring in your Bookopolis READ-O card and have them try to find a book for each category. You can also visit your library virtually by scanning your local library website or use an app connected to your library like Libby. Most libraries offer Summer Reading programs with prizes or other fun ways to motivate young readers and build community.
3. Go Beyond the Book
While we usually think that reading means sitting down with a physical book, mix it up with some other options like e-readers, audiobooks, and magazines.
4. Have Books Everywhere
I hate a messy house, but I’ll leave piles of books around because my kids are more likely to pick up a book if they’re scattered around the living room. Research shows a correlation between the number of books in a kid’s home and their educational success. Make a weekly library run to keep your stockpiles fresh.
5. Model Reading
Kids follow what we do, not necessarily what we say. Pick up a book and read in front of your kids so they see you enjoying it. Tell them about your book and ask them about what they are reading. Check out these general book questions for inspiration.
6. Set a Reading Goal
We do what we measure, so set a reading goal for the summer – either minutes read or number of books work well. Using incentives – like FREE BOOKS- that are linked to reading are more effective for creating lifelong readers than a free ice cream cone or piece of pizza. Check out these fun challenges from Bookopolis to help you follow through on your reading goals.
7. Read Aloud to Kids of ALL Ages
Research shows that reading aloud to pre-readers as well as older kids (yes, even middle and high school kids) increases their comprehension and love of reading. It’s good family time and can help hook a reluctant reader on a good book.
8. Make Reading Social
Reading seems like the ultimate individual activity, but making it more social can deepen comprehension and create a memorable shared experience among friends. Start a book club with neighborhood kids or your own family this summer. This could be a great, safe way to socialize with a small group or make it a virtual book club. Let kids share book reviews and recommendations on Bookopolis.