Try this: Create fun summer reading lists for your students or children

Reading during the summer has always felt special to me. I love scanning the summer book lists that people create for recommendations. They’re usually themed or organized in some kind of trendy way: books for the beach, books for travelers, critic’s lists or those created by big stars or top newspapers.

There is no reason you can't engage children in the same way.

Did you know that five books read during the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement for children?

Here are 4 “trendy” lists you could create for the students or children in your life to get them excited about reading this summer.

  • Favorite Character: Is there a character your child loves? Why not have a theme day or week centered on that character. Together, you can not only read books about the character but dress like them, eat their favorite snacks or even host a character summer party.
  • Destination Imagination: Your children don’t have to leave their reading corner to explore destinations far away. They can check out books on places they have never visited. They can learn about the people, customs and traditions through books. Reading is a great way to learn about the history, foods and music of different countries and cultures. Take a trip with a book!
  • Try It!:  Maybe you have a curious group of kids in your neighborhood that are looking to try new things. Have they always wanted to try knitting or to build a birdhouse? Or maybe they are interested in exploring simple science experiments or learning how to decorate a cake. In this list would be the DIY books. Who knows, you may find hidden talent or two.
  • Giving Tree:  Reading is a great way to explore the world of giving – whether though volunteering or donating. Together, research a cause that may be of interest -- maybe the environment, animal rescue or healthy living, or literacy. Select books to read about the history and leaders in the field and make a plan to take action. Together you can make a difference.

Unfortunately, not all children will have access to books this summer – and for a child to go a summer without reading can mean his or her reading skills may suffer while school is out. Through my team at Scholastic, called Scholastic FACE (short for “Family and Community Engagement), we work with schools and other community organizations to help put books in the hands of other kids. You can find out more about our Scholastic MyBooks Summer book packs on our website.