Keeping Kids Reading All Summer Long (Read Aloud Wednesdays)

Enthusiasm for reading can wane during the summer months. Desire to play with friends from traditional school, more free time to play video games, and just general busyness with summer camps and other activities can make the kids- and me- let reading time slide. But I don't want to neglect reading out loud to the kids through the summer, and I don't want them to stop reading independently either. So I have to stay diligent to make sure that we keep reading a priority. Over the years I've learned a few ways to keep us reading throughout the summer.

Ideas for keeping kids reading throughout the summer

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Do some school all summer long.

Because we do some homeschooling all summer, we have reason to keep several books going. Summer is a great time for unit studies, so I can pick a book to base a unit study off of or we can do a science or history based study with lots of good books to read.

Read at a set time.

We typically read at lunch time during the school year, so I try to keep that going over the summer. If most or all of the kids aren't home at lunch time due to camps or other activities, we won't read. But if there is any way to keep reading at lunch time we will. I also try to read to the younger girls at night- even through the summer. When we have set reading times, everyone expects it and is ready.

Go to the library.

Most libraries have summer reading programs. Ours offers regular weekly programs as well as incentives for reading. When we are regularly at the library we're more likely to pick good books and keep reading. And the incentive programs keep the kids reading so that they can mark off time. Reading out loud or listening to audio books counts as well, so they can mark time when we read together.

Sign up for reading incentives from other places.

Often some businesses will support kids' summer reading. Here are five that are current for 2015:

Try a little bribery incentive.

Most of my kids love screen time. But in our house, we have a limited amount of time. To earn additional time, kids can either have activity time or read. When it's rather warm out, they'd rather read to earn their time. So, sometimes even my more reluctant readers can be caught with book in hand, reading to earn more electronics time.

When some of your kids aren't avid readers, it might be hard to keep reading going all summer long. With some of these tricks ideas, it might work.

Now it's your turn. Link up your reading related posts- book lists, reading suggestions, book activities posts- I love to read them and share them.

Summer Inspiration


  1. some solid ideas. :)

    I don't know if I'm going to have a link for you this week...Annette @ A net in time


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