I still remember the first book that started my love of reading. I have to admit, it wasn’t until 6th grade! Yes, folks 6th grade, pretty late…I know!?! Anne of Green Gables changed my whole world around. I cried, laughed, and felt I was part of Green Gables myself. I’ve read hundreds of books but on stuff that I find interesting. I have yet to finish one single (out of hundreds) business books my husband has recommended I read. I wish I could share the same joy out of reading business, positive thinking or self empowerment books. I just can’t! I fall asleep, they make me want to scream, my heart palpitates, and I get anxious. I find them so boring, they make me want to take off and run. I know, I’m not normal, but just give me a story book like “The Help” or “The Secret Lives of Bees” or even (I hate to admit) “True Blood”, anything Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe or Emily Bronte, and I’ll finish that baby in a day.
During Summer these are the tactics I use to get my kids to read at least 20 minutes a day. They do love for me to read to them for hours if we could. They are not yet at the point where they’ll lose themselves in a book for hours. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one.
- Let them pick the books they want. So what if they have booger or bathroom words on it. If it’s written and it’s in the children’s section, they can take it home.
- Read the book and promise to rent or take them to see the movie. This is lots of fun because then they can compare to how they had imagined the characters, scenes, costumes, etc. vs. the movie.
- Keep books in the bathroom, close to the potty. Trust me. They have nothing better to do, so they’ll pick it up and read.
- Crossword puzzles provide reading and spelling fun.
- Print out the lyrics to their favorite songs and have him sing along to it. This one is a favorite at my house.
- Take the Summer reading pledge at Scholastics.com and your child will be able to log reading minutes for fun prizes and sweepstakes.
- Local libraries have fun stuff for kids during the Summer months. Take advantage of the free fun and then check out some books to read.