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Summer Reading Tips for Parents

by Eva Macyszyn, BSW, RSW

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Over the summer, kids lose much of the information they learned during the school year. Summer should be a break from school, but not a break from learning. One of the best ways to help your child continue to learn and grow academically is to encourage them to read as much as possible during the summer. Here are a few tips to make summer reading educational and enjoyable for your children.


  • Read aloud with your children. This is a great opportunity to bond and make memories.
  • Choose a fun location to read: the park, patio, beach, or just in the house.
  • Make sure reading time is distraction free, and turn off the TV when it’s time to read.
  • Have a variety of reading material around the house.
  • Let your kids choose what they want to read.
  • Create a family book club. Read the same book as your child every once in a while, and then discuss it.
  • Get the experience of reading books while you are on the go. Many libraries have voice recordings of books.
  • Take your child to the library regularly. Aside from having an extensive selection of reading material to choose from, libraries will often offer summer reading clubs or other events and activities.
  • Subscribe to magazines that your child would be interested in.


Reading is a great way to keep your child’s mind active during the summer months when they are away from academic learning. Take the time to make reading fun, and your child will reap the benefits of reading.

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