10 Ways to Encourage Summer Reading


Guest blog post by Jenilee Goodwin, Our Goodwin Journey

Reading is one of our favorite past times in our house.

Reading is fun, educational, adventurous, exciting and inspiring.

Reading is a great way to take a break from life, visit a new place and learn something new!

Teaching our children to love reading takes preparation, dedication and some good old Mommy creativity.

During the school year, we have the help of school assignments, programs and other special incentives to get our kids reading.

But, during the summer, the job falls 100% on YOU.

How can we make kids enjoy reading? How can we encourage them to spend time lost inside the pages of a great book?

It can be challenging, especially if you have a son or daughter who dreads the thought of books.

So, how can you encourage summer reading in your home?

Whether you are a busy family like us each summer… okay, we are ALL busy each summer… or whether you spend lots of great quality time at home… here are some tips to encourage summer reading! 

  • Make books available. Have them in every area of your home.
  • Have lots of different kinds of reading available. Maybe today your child feels like a good novel or maybe they feel like looking at a picture book or maybe they want to learn about something specific… Having lots of great choices really helps kids want to read!
  • Provide rest time. No matter how old your kids are they need some quiet time each day. Especially in the busy, hot summers. Rest time ensures time to sit quietly and read.
  • Make a reading space. Sometimes we set up blankets and pillows under the dining room table or we make a blanket tent or I set out a blanket in the middle of the floor and tell my girls it is a reading island. A change of scenery at home can help get a good 30 minutes of quiet time with books!
  • Visit the library. Your kids might be bored with your books at home! Grab a book you would like to read and plan to spend an hour in the air-conditioned local library. Your kids can explore books and enjoy some time reading new books.
  • Visit a book store. Big bonus of book stores… coffee shops for Mom! I love grabbing a coffee and taking my girls to the children’s section of our book store.
  • Make some reading charts. Your local library may even have a great summer reading program already set up for you!
  • Set reading goals. Ask your kids what they’d like to read and how much they think they can reasonably read over the summer.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher. They may have some great reading tips for your child’s reading level!
  • Make sure YOU read in front of your kids!! Setting a good example of reading in your home will show your kids that reading is a lifetime activity to ENJOY!

What are some fun ways that you encourage reading in your home?