Tips to Encourage Summer Reading (Grade Specific)

Help in teaching reading and making it fun!

PRE-K THROUGH FIRST GRADE:

  • Read daily to your child.12
  • Take your children to the public library and help them obtain their own library cards. 13
  • Re-read books and pause during your reading to allow your child to finish sentences.12
  • Keep markers, crayons, pens, and paper on hand and encourage kids to make their own books.12

SECOND AND THIRD GRADE:

  • Have your child read recipes, then measure, stir ingredients.12
  • Have older children read to younger siblings.12
  • Play games that involve reading.12
  • Have your child write a grocery list. 12

FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE:

  • Read aloud to them even if they can read alone. 12
  • Link films and television shows to books.12
  • Let them stay up later if they are reading.12
  • Ask them to read schedules (movie, TV, etc.). 12

SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE:

  • Set aside family reading time; read separately but in the same room.12
  • Recommend books you enjoyed when you were their age. 12
  • Encourage children to read aloud to others. 12
  • Give reading-related gifts-books, gift cards from bookstores, bookshelves.12

NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE:

  • Set an example. Let your kids see you reading for pleasure. 14
  • Build on your teen's interests. Look for books and articles that feature their favorite sports teams, rock stars, hobbies, or TV shows.14
  • Share books, newspaper articles, poems, or other things you've read recently that they might enjoy. 14
  • With children of all ages; remember to be patient: Almost anything that youngsters read; including Sunday comics, helps build reading skills. 14

12 Callison, D, (2004). Key words in instruction: Parent. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 21(3), 33-38.
13 Humphrey, J. (2006). Personal communication.
14 Reading is Fundamental. (n.d.). How parents can encourage teens to read. Retrieved from
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