Are your kids feeling the need to read? While summer can seem like the perfect opportunity to dive headfirst into a hefty to-be-read pile, for some kids that's really just work they don't want to be doing during vacation. A summer reading list can seem like the ultimate chore when you're a reluctant reader.
Like most families across the United States, my gang is heading out on a road trip next week. Twelve hours of being trapped inside a car while traffic crawls along at an infuriating pace and children whine about leg room, hunger, thirst, bathroom needs, and each other. Sounds amazing!
This kid? This is not my kid. My kid hates to read.
We all know that it’s essential to keep kids reading during the summer months. Children that don’t read during summer vacation can lose up to 3 months of the learning they gained the year before. For some kids, reading is the obvious thing to do during long, hot days by the pool or in the treehouse—popsicles and books go together like baseball and hot dogs. For other kids, the problem standing in the way of a summer of reading is a lack of books. Luckily, there are some brilliant programs springing up across the country to fix this particular issue, though we can all work harder to get books in the hands of kids who need them.