Summer Reading for Kids

Published Jun 12, 2013

School is almost out for the Summer, how will you keep your little ones occupied this Summer? One way, is by encouraging Summer Reading!

Here’s some tips:

Set an Example

Monkey see monkey do. Make sure you read regularly and that there is plenty of reading material in your home. Plug into a book instead of the TV and let your children see the pleasure you take in the “out of this world transportation” only books can create.

Studies show that this sort of example is particularly important for boys, who often have less male role models in their academic life. Seeing dad enjoy a book is a huge step to study and engagement for boys.

Plug in to Your Local Library

Of course your local library provides access to an enormous selection of books, but more than that, most libraries offer programs and clubs that your child can participate in.

A weekly trip to the library, if feasible, allows your children to become acquainted with library etiquette. Most librarians relish in children paying them a visit and will encourage your child to find the fun in the programs on offer and in choosing their own books.

Set Time Aside For Reading

Parents should designate 20 to 40 minutes a day just for reading. Find a time each day where your child knows that it’s sit down quiet time and make sure they have a good book on the go. Sit down at the same time and read your own material or make sure you follow the tip above and let your child see you reading at different times of the day — even if it’s a magazine or newspaper. If your child knows that before dinner or pre-bedtime is reading time, it won’t take long for them to expect it.

Make it Fun!

There are so many different ways to ‘gameify’ reading, but the objective is to create some way of having your child track his or her progress and ultimately reach a reading goal. As an example, your child could maintain a reading journal, tracking the number of pages and minutes spent reading each session, with a goal of trying to get to 1,000 pages during the summer. Some parents offer incentives to their child with a small prize at the end, but for others, the accomplishment of reading is reward itself.

Road Trip Reading

As long as you have no motion sickness issues in the family, road trip reading is essential! This is where the library comes in; stock up on books and hit the road. If your child has a particular series he or she is enjoying, surprise them with the next few books in the series. Limit their screen time and make travel all about being accompanied by good books.


A good series that really intrigues and resonates will draw in your child in ways that stand alone books can not. And there are so many excellent series being published right now, there is no shortage to choose from (see below).

If your child has a particular interest, try and match a book series to it or in the very least, choose a stack of books along that theme. For instance, as a young girl, I’d read anything that featured horses, needless to say my mom made sure I had a stack of Flicka books to hand at all times!

ChatterBlock’s Favorite BOOKS:

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park (ages 6+)
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald (ages 6+)
Stink by Megan McDonald (ages 6+)
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene (ages 7+)
Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso (ages 7+)
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (ages 8+)
Swindle by Gordon Korman (ages 8+)
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (ages 8+)
Ramona by Beverly Cleary (ages 8+)
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger by Tom Angleberger (ages 8+)
Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton (ages 8+)
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (ages 8+)
The Baby-Sitters Club (graphic novels) by Raina Telgemeier (ages 8+)
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (ages 9+)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (ages 9+)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (ages 9+)
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (ages 9+)
Little House on the Prairies by Laura Ingalls Wilder (ages 9+)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (ages 9+)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (ages 9+)
39 Clues by Rick Riordan (ages 9+)
A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (ages 9+)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (ages 9+)

Happy Reading!

Francesca Stahl
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