What counts as summer reading? Does you child need to pick a book from a grade appropriate classical reading list, write a book report, and present it to the family? Absolutely not! Summer reading should, first and foremost, be fun and interesting to your kids. Being interested in the subject is even more important for the struggling reader.
Be sure to think outside the box when it comes to picking summer reading materials. Here are some unconventional ideas:
- Graphic novels or comic books: My son LOVES anything in graphic novel format. In fact, he will even devour a non-fiction history or science book if it’s a graphic novel. And who can blame him? Pictures make reading more fun. So, check out the graphic novel section of your local library or bookstore and see what you can find online. There are a ton of options out there.
- Blogs and online sources: There are blogs about everything! Search for whatever your kids are interested in and let them read a blog about it. From video game tips to the latest and greatest technology, if it interests your kids, there’s likely a blog about it.
- E-books: If your child has a tablet, e-reader, or iPad, check out the options for e-books. Many of these apps also have read aloud versions. A few well known book apps include Epic!, Vooks, Learning Ally, Kindle, and Nook.
- Kid/Teen Magazines: Check out this list of fun magazines aimed at kids and teens. Have your children help pick their favorite, so they are excited for its arrival each month.
- Board Games: Many board games have reading involved. Having a family game night is great way to sneak in reading over the summer! Apples to Apples, anyone?
- Cookbooks/recipes: Have a budding chef in your home? Get kids involved in this life skill and incorporate reading by breaking out some cookbooks or searching for a new recipe online. Have your sous-chef read the recipe to you. Bonus: Measuring counts for summer math, too!
- Gardening/Building Instructions: Want to plant some seeds? Build a clubhouse? Reading the back of seed packets or instructional manuals is another fun way to sneak in some reading.
What are some of your favorite non-conventional reading materials? Share yours in the comments. And happy summer reading!
Jessica Price is a Writing and Reading Comprehension Coach at The Academy Virtual. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/English and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing. She’s also trained in the Wilson Reading System and Wilson Just Words and taught students with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Her extensive background includes writing for newspapers and magazines, blogging, teaching, and publishing two books.