5 Ways to Bring Summer Reading into Your Routine

A stack of books.It’s important for your kids to read over the summer. We know this. But it’s hard to incorporate summer reading into your routine. And while reading a little together every day is ideal, it’s not always possible.

Here are five ideas for you (from a teacher who also struggles with this!).

1. Hobby Summer Reading

It’s easier to get kids onto the reading train when they’re being offered books on topics in which they are interested. It also helps to build your relationship when you learn more about your kiddo’s preferences, interests, and hobbies.

Reading together is a great way to get in summer reading. The topic may not be something you’re interest in, but listening together shows your kiddo you’re willing to listen and learn.

2. Listen Together

Did you know that a lot of libraries have access to online books and audiobooks through services like Libby?! Libby is free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. It’s one of the many reasons you need a library card this summer.

Listening to book audiobooks or podcasts together can be fun entertainment and get some reading in. We enjoy listening to books on long drives and as a part of our bedtime routine.

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3. Quiet Time

My spouse and I are often tempted to pack every minute of our kids summer days for a lot of different reasons. But one thing we tend to leave out is individual quiet time.

We do it twice in our house, once for screen time and once for book time. It doesn’t happen every day, but it does seem to help everyone’s mood to have some quiet reading time.

Dallas library summer reading challenge4. Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs are everywhere. From libraries to local businesses, you can read books together for prizes.

Does anyone remember Pizza Hut’s Book It badges?? Nothing made me want to read more than those.

Check out more info on these local summer reading programs for 2023. Also, look on each library’s website and the Collin County calendar for fun summer events!

5. Writing

We don’t often think about writing when we talk about reading. But it’s an integrated skill. Practicing writing is also practicing reading. Young kids and older ones can benefit from writing practice.

Whether it’s helping with the grocery list or writing their own comic book, there are a lot of ways to get kids writing. Especially if your kiddo isn’t excited about sitting down with a book, writing can be a good hack to practice reading.

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Even reading a couple of days each week can help kiddos better retain their current grade levels.

What are your favorite ways to get your kids into reading?

Sarah Spencer
Sarah was raised in Plano, took a detour in Oklahoma for college, and now lives in McKinney. She's a teacher and mom who believes that 10 three year olds are easier to handle than one. Sarah and her husband, Nathaniel, are foster and adoptive parents and advocates. Big fans of deep conversations, they run a blog that helps parents connect with their kids over entertainment. She likes to try DIY projects that are way over her head and experiment with different teas and chocolates while binge-watching great series. Follow Sarah at Down the Hobbit Hole Blog and follow on Facebook or Instagram for her movie and book guides for parents.