Just because your child is not in school during the summer, doesn’t mean they should stop learning and stop reading. Help your child put together a reading list for summer, and make sure they keep reading. Here are a few tips for coming up with a reading list for the summer:
1. Check your school’s suggested reading list: Most schools provide a suggested reading list for the kids. It will tell first graders who are going into second grade what to read, or fifth graders going into sixth. It may be things they need to read for the next year, or a list of books that are known to be at the comprehension and difficulty levels for the age of your child. These are a great place to start, especially if they are going to be in the school the following year.
2. Check your local library summer suggestions: Most libraries will make a list of suggestions based on age for the child. This is one of the best lists to look at because librarians usually take the time to look at all the new books, and make educated suggestions for books that will catch your child’s attention, as well as help them stay up with the reading for their age group. Also, if they are on the suggested reading list from the library, chances are you can check them out from there, which means no cost summer reading for your child.
3. Look up the top ten books for your child’s age group: If you are just looking for something fun and enjoyable for your child to read for the summer in order to keep them interested in school and reading, then go online, to places like Oprah’s book clubs, and other sites to see what the highest rated books are for your child’s age range. These are usually less academic, but will catch your child’s interest, and help them to develop a love of reading, and never be bored over the summer, as they will have plenty of other words and lives to explore.
4. Ask your child what topics interest them, and find books in their reading level about those topics: If your child is interested in dinosaurs, look for fiction and non fiction books with dinosaurs. If they like the fantasy genre, find the top sellers in that genre. Basically, come up with your own summer reading list based on your child’s interest, and the top sellers from that genre or category. Usually if you visit a store like Barnes and Noble, or Borders, you will be able to ask them to look up what the top sellers are for the specific book type you are interested in.
Encouraging your child to read during the summer is a great way to improve their comprehension, analytical skills, and give them a life long love for learning and knowledge.