04 Jul

How to Grow a Young Book Lover

Now is the perfect time to grow a young reader. When school gets close to break, there is more down time for kids to get lost in the pages of a book. The local library is a great resource for motivating a child to read. Between Story Time, Book Club, Discover Days and organized events, there are plenty of ways to grow a young book lover.

How to Grow a Young Book Lover

How to Grow a Young Book Lover

Even if your schedule does not allow you to get involved in organized events, there are ways to turn summer break into a rewarding reading experience.

Summer Reading Programs:

Kids don’t have to attend events to participate in the reading program. Just stop by, pick up the list and record your child’s books. As soon as they reach 20 books, they can turn the form in and get a free book as a reward!

Half Price Books:
How kids 14-and-under can participate: Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. Get more details about Half Price Books Summer Reading Program

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:
Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

Host a Challenge:

As kids get older, it is sometimes more difficult to encourage them to read. Make a deal with your older elementary or middle school student. You pick a book for them and they can pick one for you. Both parties benefit from reading something that the other family member already enjoys. Last summer my son challenged my husband to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In exchange, my son read Moby Dick.

Check out Audio-books:

If you plan to spend time in the car this summer, check out an audio-book. The whole family can enjoy a great story instead of spending the time watching a DVD. Younger kids can benefit from listening to audio-books as well. Since the story is usually longer than the traditional picture book, the kids will learn to follow a more complex story line and start to stretch their attention span. Suggestions for great audio-books: Magic Tree House, A to Z Mysteries, Harry Potter, the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe or Anne of Green Gables.

Offer Incentives or Bribes:

If your children are not excited or motivated to read, don’t be afraid to offer incentives. Some kids would much prefer electronics to books. No problem. For every 15 minutes of book time, they can earn 5 minutes of electronics. You just may find that your kids are reading more than you expect.

Set an Example:

You can’t expect your children to love books if you don’t read books yourself. Even though life gets busy, I still make time to read. With free e-books available for Kindle, iphone or ipads, it’s even easier to carry around an entire library. I make a point to grab a book anytime I leave the house in case I find myself waiting with a few extra minutes.

Do your kids love to read?  Got any tips to help them fall in love with books?  I’d love to hear!

Published on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in the Advocate Mesenger

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