Great Schools published a list of 10 ways to help get kids reading this summer, from creating a readers’ theater, to audiobooks, to throwing a blog party. Here are a few suggestions:
-Get Inspired by Hollywood Movies can be a great way to get kids excited about reading, so kick-start summer with film adaptations of popular children’s books. Parents might Netflix Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), based on a book by Roald Dahl. If kids warm up to Mr. Fox, you’ll be able to introduce them to the book version as well as other titles by the author, such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG.
-Meet the authors Kids of all ages can benefit from attending an in-person literary event. Authors routinely make appearances at bookstores to read their latest work, and these events are often sparsely attended. Seeing the person behind the words could inspire kids to try a new book. For dates and times, check local news and bookstore websites.
-Get cookin’ with books Parents of kids who aren’t interested in the more traditional children’s books might want to steer their offspring toward other genres. Cookbooks can encourage kids to master practical skills while providing a delicious payoff at the end. The American Grandparents Association recommends 12 cookbooks for kids 3 and older. And children who branch out into the world of food blogs will find endless reasons to keep reading.
Check out the full list here.