Make the Summer Reading Connection
July 6, 2023 | By Benay Hicks
Summer reading is not only fun and entertaining for children, it’s crucial for
bridging the learning gap between school sessions. It offers an opportunity for children to reinforce their reading skills, expand their vocabulary, and boost their overall academic development.
Parents play a critical role in supporting their child’s reading journey. Research shows that when families engage in summer reading activities, it can have a positive impact on a child’s academic progress. Below you will find ways to tap into children’s interests for successful reading experiences.
Tips for a Summer of Reading!
Empowering Children’s Choices: Allowing children to choose their own books increases their engagement and enjoyment of reading. According to Scholastic, 93% of kids say their favorite books are the ones they picked out themselves. Furthermore, 92% of children are more likely to complete a book they have personally chosen. Visit the Book Harvest Family Space and have fun watching your child pick out their next favorite book (or books!).
Attend an Event (Book Harvest has several coming up!): Children enjoy participating in events that involve reading. In fact, 52% of kids express a preference for attending reading-related events at their school or in their community. Join us for a storytime and/or the Block Party on July 22! Learn more.
Story Summaries/Activities: Some authors have website filled with reading guides and materials related to their books. Todd Parr, for example, has numerous activities and materials on his page!
Questions or Conversation Starters: Engage with your child in meaningful conversations about the book they are reading. Ask questions that can encourage critical thinking and deeper comprehension, like “how do you think the character feels?” and “why do you think the author wrote this book?”
Recommendations for the Best Next Book: Have a look at our online wish list. There are a lot great titles on there and ready for you to purchase for your home library.
Vocabulary Support: Create a list of vocabulary words from the books your child is reading. By incorporating these words into everyday conversations, parents can promote vocabulary development.
*The facts cited in this blog post were from Scholastic’s “Make the Summer Reading Connection with Families” infographic.