It may not feel like it quite yet, but summer is getting closer and closer. Are you ready for longer days, weekend trips, and staying up late? Your kids probably are! Even though there will be plenty of time for having fun and doing all of your favorite summer activities, it’s important for kids of all ages, including parents with a child-like spirit, to keep learning throughout the year, not just while school is in session.

One of the best ways to keep kids engaged is to plan a summer reading program. The key is choosing books that your kids look forward to reading! And maybe bribing them a little with a reward at the end of the summer. Whatever books you choose, however many, whether you join a local Loveland program or make your own, there are dozens of benefits to summer reading programs.

Benefits of Summer Reading Programs

The Choice is Theirs

Take a trip to the library or order some books online and let your kid pick which ones they want to read. Look for books that will support the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. When they have books to choose from, they can find a time and a place to read that works for them, whether it’s in the morning on the couch or the afternoon sitting by a tree outside. Having the freedom to read what, when, and where they want will make the program more enjoyable.

Academic Benefits

Reading throughout the year can help students build their vocabulary and strengthen their existing vocabulary. Reading for pleasure can also help enhance their imagination and creativity, allowing them to think outside of the box for a variety of subjects. Reading books stories and about the lives of characters may also help kids learn how to handle real-world challenges as well.

Increases a Desire to Read

It can be challenging at first for kids to find a genre of books that they truly enjoy and look forward to reading but when they do, they are often more excited to keep reading. Encourage your kids to try a variety of books before they get in the habit of saying, “I don’t like to read.”

Best Books for Summer Reading

If we’re going to talk about the benefits of summer reading, we should offer you some recommendations! Here are a few of New Vision Charter School’s favorite books, all great for young adults.

  • Bat and the End of Everything, by Elana Arnold
  • Monsters: A Magic Lens Hunt for Creatures of Myth, Legend, Fairy Tale, and Fiction, by Celine Potard
  • One-Third Nerd, by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary Schmidt
  • Polar Bears’ Survival on the Ice, by Kelly McKain
  • Song for a Whale, by Lynne Kelly

Check out these books or browse through your local library or online book store to see what looks good to your kids!

New Vision Charter School has two locations in Loveland, and we’re passionate about helping our students find a love for reading and learning in general. We focus on core knowledge, helping your kids get a foundation of learning that can set them up for success down the road. Learn more about our curriculum, and schedule a tour with our charter school today.