Sensational Summer Reading

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by Kay Clanton Goggans on Jun 30, 2013

In the midst of all the amazing available summer activities, how do you encourage a child to read? Whether reading digitally with e-readers or the traditional books, try these ten ideas to encourage your child to read.

1. Let them see you read! Children model their parents so let them see you enjoying magazines, books, or articles. Share what you read to show how much you enjoy learning by reading.


2. Read to your child! As you read, talk about the author, the illustrations, and look for words to broaden your child’s vocabulary. Discuss the characters they like the most and how they think the story will end.


3. Let your child choose books about the things they are passionate about.

  • Is your child a budding naturalist? An aspiring artist? Let your child connect with stories about topics that interest them. Then go and connect with these in real life through a nature walk or art lessons.
  • Does your child have favorite activity? Let your child read a “how to” book on his favorite sport, or a biography on a famous sports figure.

4. Are you planning a vacation? Let your child research facts on your destination from history to fun tidbits, and then let your child help plan the trip.

5. Set up a special reading place to encourage good reading habits and with a variety of reading material. For my reluctant reader, I placed a brightly colored teepee in his room, filled with colorful pillows, designated just as a reading area especially for him. Strewn inside the teepee, I kept a variety of reading materials including magazines, books of different genres, art books, and of course the video game cheats.

6. Set a special time for your family to read together. Scheduling an hour a day as a special time to read and reflect on books, or articles during a busy summer is a great family activity.

7. Take your child to meet the author. Many local libraries and book stores host authors. 

8. Take your child to the great story times at the local library. Most local libraries have wonderful story times scheduled throughout summer that include not only reading but activities that go with the book.

9. Enroll your child in a reading camp or program. Check out the local colleges, libraries, churches and some schools for a summer reading camp or program. Make reading fun and meet new friends.

10. Choose award winning age appropriate books for your child. For younger children, picture books are recommended. Caldecott Medal winners are often good choices. For older readers, Newbery Medal winners are good choices.

Bio: Kay Clanton Goggans is an avid reader and teacher by nature. She shares her joy of learning via the Premiere Agency Network Digital Marketing Team. With a marketing focus from market access and account placement to digital marketing, Premiere is a Network of Independent Insurance Agencies in the Southeast U.S. www.premiereagencynetwork.com

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