Summer is almost here, and it’s the perfect opportunity for kids to kick back and enjoy a book. We all want our kids to love reading, but summer can be a time when they lose momentum so here’s a few suggestions for keeping it going:
1) Empower Your Child!: Let your child choose the books he or she wants to read (Yes – even if it’s Garfield. Again). Allowing kids to take control of their reading choices is powerful and kids make great choices when they’re given the opportunity. They are also more likely to read books that they have chosen, rather than the books that you choose for them (No matter how much you enjoyed Swallows and Amazons when you were a kid). Don’t worry if the book seems too young – sometimes kids just want to relax with an undemanding read. If you’re unsure or curious about the books he selects, read it, too. I just started reading the Bone series by Jeff Smith along with my son – I knew the content is geared to older children so I decided to read it along with him just in case he has questions.
2) Come to the Library: Mill Valley Library Children’s Room is a happening place, especially during the summer. A great way to keep your kids reading is to come to the library often. If you’re not a regular visitor, become one! All of our Children’s Room librarians are avid readers of kid’s books, so we’re thrilled to make suggestions if your kid has run out of ideas (and older kids can sign up to get a Personalized Reading List).
3) Sign-up for the Summer Reading Game: Signing-up your children for the Summer Reading Game brings you to the library regularly. Children can pick-up their reading logs beginning June 18th. We ask that they read three hours a week, log what they’ve read, and come to the library weekly for a new prize! Kids love this because they are eager to tell us what they’ve read and feel a huge sense of accomplishment each week. Don’t worry if you’re going on vacation, we’ll get them caught up when you return.
Have a great summer and I hope to see you at the Library!