I’ve got no magic bullet and I am not here to tell you that getting your kids reading aka getting your child to actually crack open a book will elicit anything other than several moans and groans– but if you’ve got the right tools- it can make your task infinitely easier!
#1 Get outside and READ!
Gather your family, a flashlight, and a stack of books and head outdoors. If you don’t have a camping tent, don’t worry! A tent to read under can be as simple as draping a sheet over a clothesline or between two trees. When you’re outside, encourage kids take advantage of nature around you! They can try keeping a nature journal with drawings and descriptions of plants, animals, and insects you see. Kids can use crayon to make rubbings of trail markers, tree bark, and leaves. When your camping trip is over, paste in photos of the experience so kids have their own scrapbooks.
#2 Rainy Day Reading
If you can’t go outside, set up camp indoors! Make s’mores in the microwave, turn out the lights, get glow-in-the-dark stars, and read with a flashlight! Tents make the perfect reading nook. Kids can use the furniture and sheets to make a cozy “reading fort.”
#3 Get Crafty
Let your creativity run wild! Make crafts inspired by books you’re reading. Reading a book about birds? Make a birdfeeder! Or make crafts kids can use while they’re reading. Make a bookmark with pressed flowers or a faux fire for indoor camping trips.
And keep reading for more tips and some great books!
Infants & Toddlers:
Start reading while pregnant or as soon as children are born! They won’t understand the words, but they will feel the rhythm.
Board books should be in the toy box.
Get them involved: Let toddlers help turn the pages.
Encourage their imaginations: Have toddlers and preschoolers “read” to you by making up stories to go along with wordless books.
Learning to Read:
Books with repetitive phrases are good for children to chime in and repeat with you – they’ll begin to anticipate the phrases.
Starting to Read: Mix it up! Read a page, then let each child try a page on their own. Reading the same book as you helps increase their confidence in their own skills.
Begin reading longer chapter books to your kids. Listening to books above their reading levels will boost their vocabularies!
Turn on the subtitles while watching television or DVDs.
All Young Readers:
Find books about their interests. Don’t give up if your local bookstore or library doesn’t have what you’re looking for. Instead, search book review Web sites and online stores.
Incorporate reading into educational adventures. Read books about animals and then visit the zoo, or follow up story times with related craft projects.
Above all, make reading part of your daily routine.
Here are some books- which at the very least will help you to begin the reading process…
Little readers will delight in this mini-biography of the inspiring Amelia Earhart. Follow the story of a young girl with big dreams whose perseverance helped her become the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. From the Little People, Big Dreams Series
Children will delight in this amusing tale about a four-legged bibliophile who opens his own bookstore.
Featuring 200 illustrations, this instructional activity book has everything your little superheroes need to create their own super universe complete with two pages of stickers, two pages of masks, and their very own mascot.
Young readers will have tons of fun with the many flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs, and movable parts within the pages of this book. The Ultimate Book of Space is filled with cheerful illustrations of the solar system, spaceships, and more. The perfect gift for the child who is fascinated by galaxies far and away
Check out the top six STEM books for kids, recommended by Andrea Vaughn, Brooklyn Public Library’s Coordinator of School Age Services .
Ages 5 – 7
I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles: And Other Questions About Science by Barbara Taylor .This book is a great way for parents to help Answers kids questions about life’s everyday mysteries.
Lightning by Seymour Simon Learn the difference between jets, sprites, and other bolts that’ll strike fear in your heart.
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds by Ann McCallum; Leeza Hernandez (Illus.) Cooking is science! Try these tasty math projects.
Ages 8 -10
Electricity and Magnets by Sarah Angliss You, too, can be a mad scientist by experimenting with electricity and magnets.
100 Most Feared Creatures by Anna Claybourne. Contains deadly facts and terrifying beasts! Meet the scariest members of the animal kingdom.
Earth-friendly Buildings, Bridges and More The Eco-journal of Corry LaPont by Etta Kaner A dazzling collection of postcards, brochures and other memorabilia explain the engineering behind some of the planet’s most cutting edge towers, bridges, tunnels, domes, dams, dikes, locks and levees.