Weekly Reading Tip

Dear Parents,

Finally it has stopped raining and the sun has come out, which gets everyone into the summer holiday spirit!  What better time than to start thinking about how to tempt your child into reading during the summer holidays.  For some children, reading is second nature; it is what they love to do whenever they have some spare time.  For other children, it is a case of finding the right book for them.

One of our favourite websites for children, Love Reading 4 Kids, have compiled a great list of book suggestions for this summer for age groups from babies and toddlers right through to young adults.  The link is:

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/sr/Summer-Reading.html

This list not only gives your child a quick summary of the book, so they can easily see if the story sounds appealing to them, it also allows them to read an extract from the book.  The list covers new and prior book releases. 

To encourage your children to continue to read over the summer holidays, Amy Betters-Midtvedt (a literacy coach) has written a great article on her blog about encouraging children to read over the summer.  Her key tips are as follows:

  1. Tell children WHY they should read.  Reading can open up new worlds to them.  Yes, they will likely fall back in their vocabulary understanding and reading comprehension if they don’t read all summer, but reading should be about what it can give rather than what not reading will take away.
  2. Get them thinking about what they want to read. They are more likely to read if the reading material is their choice, but helping them access recommended reading lists, like the one recommended above, will help them move beyond their 15th Beast Quest book in a row or 5th Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  3. Parents and children making reading goals. Write a list of books you want to read during the summer, at the start of summer, and tick them off as you read them.  Audiobooks and having books read to them count too.  Sticker charts are great for younger children.  If children see you reading, they are more likely to read as well.
  4. Make time to discuss what they are reading. Even if it is just a quick, ‘What happened last time?’ question before they begin reading.
  5. Rewarding children for reading can be counter-productive, with children often only reading for the reward rather than for the pure enjoyment of reading and discarding books after they have got the reward.  Often reading challenges can be more effective motivators.  

Every summer, there are lots of Summer Reading Challenges that your child can get involved in.  Check in at your local library to see if they have any Reading Challenges for this summer, or find a list of nationwide reading challenges online at: https://readingagency.org.uk/children/quick-guides/summer-reading-challenge/

Find Amy Betters-Midtvedt’s full blog on: https://www.mother.ly/parenting/keep-kids-reading-this-summer

Mrs Puddephatt, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Barton
The Burford Reading Team