Going on a family vacation is a great way to get kids reading. You can start out by having your children read books on the topic way before the trip even begins. So for example if you decide you want to go to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, you can start out with a trip to the library and get a big stack of books that relate to North Carolina. Try to visit places found in the books. If you go on a local camping trip, you could research and read about the wildlife or scenery. Reading and researching about the history, culture and fun places to visit ahead of time, will make your child show so much more interest during the family vacation.
Pack books to read on the airplane or in the car as you travel to your destination. You can also download audiobooks from your local library for free and have your children listen to stories. It makes the travel time go by a lot quicker as well as sneaks in some summer reading time.
Summer Reading Programs
Plan several Family Movie Nights throughout the summer and make sure that your children always read the book first. If the books are too hard for your children to read, you can always download them on an audiobook from the library, or read the book aloud to your child. Family Movie Night is so much fun. Make a big deal about it. Include junk food with soda, candy and other treats that you usually never ever give your kids. Believe me they will look forward to these fun nights and read those books ahead of time.
A few examples of books that became movies are:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Charlotte’s Web
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Jungle Book
- The Night at the Museum
- The Harry Potter Series
- The Chronicles of Narnia