In Bed, At the Beach, On a Plane: 5 Ways to Help Your Child Read this Summer

child outdoors reading book

Pleasure reading matters. The more you read, the better reader you become. And research shows that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who don’t, slide backward. With access to books and encouragement from you, your child can avoid the “summer slide.” It’s important to make reading a fun experience rather than a chore.

Keep these 5 tips in mind:

1. Let children choose their own books – They will feel empowered and like to read more when they make their own reading choices.

2. Encourage children to read books they enjoy, including:

  • Easy leisure reads – Not every book needs to be a challenge!
  • Challenging books – If children are highly interested in a book and really want to try reading it — why stop them?
  • Old favorites — Rereading a well-loved book gives us pleasure.

3. Quit early when necessary – If they’re not enjoying the book they’ve chosen, let them put it down and start reading something else.

4. Always have a book on hand – We often have opportunities to read while we go about our day, but the only way to take advantage of these short bursts of time is to have a book with us.

5. Talk about books with family and friends.

For book lists and suggestions, visit the UCLA Lab School Gonda Family Library webpage.

Also, take advantage of your local public library. Ask the librarians for help selecting books that match your child’s age and interests. And as your children read to themselves, be sure to continue reading aloud to them as well.

This summer — relax, read, and enjoy!