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Episode #18 – How to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer

This past week on Facebook I saw a mom ask the following question, “Parents of readers – how do you go about keeping your kids reading all summer?”

Now, I know if there is one person out there asking this question, there are likely many more wondering the same thing.

In today’s episode, I’m going to answer this exact question: How do you keep your kids reading all summer long? I’m going to offer you 10 different, creative ideas you can do this summer to keep your kiddos reading! All you have to do is pick which ones you think will work for your child and your family. 

Here’s the Highlights

(1:50) WARNING! Listen to this FIRST if you have a reluctant reader.

(2:15) FREE Resources! Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the free resources I mention in this episode (there’s a bunch!)

(2:35) Get your kids hooked on a series!

(4:25) Are you using reading incentives with your kiddos?

(6:37) How to keep your kids engaged. It’s all about the book! Think graphic novels, choose your own adventure, and lift the flap!

(8:12) Get to Know Your Local Library! Check out YOUR local library’s summer reading programs, events, and special guests.

(9:19) Top online resources for reading practice!

(10:20) Let’s get planning! Host a summer book swap.

(11:12) What are high-interest books and how do we pick them?

(12:46) Make reading fun! Some easy ideas to make it fun.

(13:45) Book clubs! Book clubs! Book clubs!

(15:33) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… read a book and watch the companion movie.

Book Suggestions

Dog Man: The Supa Epic Collection by Dav Pilkey

HiLo: The Great Big Box by Judd Winick

Choose Your Own Adventure Boxset by R.A Montgomery

Your Very Own Robot (Choose Your Own Adventure) by R. A. Montgomery

Additional Tools and Resources

3-Step Reading Reward System: Get your kids excited about reading!

Libby: Listen to audiobooks for free on your phone from your library with Libby! A Library in Your Pocket – Start Reading Today with Libby from OverDrive.

Pinna: Premium podcasts, audiobooks, & more for kids 3-12! Entertain & educate with engaging audio!

Epic! Books: Fuel reading curiosity and reading confidence with the leading digital library for kids.

How to Create a Cozy Book Nook in Your Home: Make reading fun again! This guide will help you create a book nook your kids will love at little to no cost.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Virtual Book Club: A virtual book club will help your child fall in love with reading.

Check out my upcoming summer reading programs, right here!

Summer Reading Program – Upside Down Magic – July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

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About the Author Ashley DiMercurio