It is not too late to join us for the Summer Reading Challenge!
1. Take 10 trips to the library. You may wish to establish a weekly routine of heading to the library at a set time each week, or you may wish to change it up each week. Consider making your library trips extra special by heading to a coffee shop afterwards for a treat or by meeting a friend at the library to play.
2. Each time you go to the library, choose 3 books for each child that you think they will enjoy, and let your children choose books they want to read. For younger children, you may wish to pick out more books yourself. As kids grow older and more familiar with which books they like and do not like, it is important to encourage them to choose books that they truly enjoy reading. Here is a Summer Reading Challenge log for parents to print out to keep track of library visits and books that your children might enjoy!
3. Make sure that each child has a space where they can read in your home. This could mean simply moving a reading lamp and a box with books next to their bed or a comfy chair. We recently put a nightstand and lamp next to my 5-year-old daughter’s bed and have caught her reading much more frequently than before. While children do not need fancy reading nooks to read, they are more likely to read if they have someplace quiet to read with…
- good light,
- comfy seating, and
The reading challenge is that simple. For those who are interested, I have also broken this challenge into 10 simple steps that you can take to encourage your children to read. I hope that this will be fun and help keep you motivated all summer long.
This week, I encourage you to get a library card for each child you deem old enough. My 7-year-old and 5-year-old just got library cards this past week. The goal was twofold. First, it was exciting for my children to get their own library cards and a great way to kick off our summer reading. Second, it was a step towards teaching my children to use the library independently.
- Do your kids have their own library cards?
- What is a good age to get kids their own library cards?
- How do keep track of your kids’ library cards?
Summer Reading Challenge:
- Week 1. Talk with your children about the kinds of books they would like to read this summer. Go to the library!
- Week 2. Get your children their own library cards.
- Week 3. Create a reading nook.
- Week 4. Check out a book for each child that you think they will really like.
- Week 5. Assess how frequently your family makes it to the library. Decide whether to establish a library routine or not.
- Week 6. Check out a children’s magazine at the library this week. Consider subscribing to a children’s magazine.